Take 'Healthcare 101' and See the Doctor
Que sera, sera?
For example, the report says four in five consumers surveyed want their doctors to listen to them, but only three in five say that the providers do. Four in five patients also want to be told "the full truth about my diagnosis, even though it may be uncomfortable or unpleasant."
But here's what amazed me from this survey: one in five people don't seem to care.
There's more. For one in four people, it isn't essential that their doctors tell them about risks associated with each healthcare option.
One in three don't need to know how various options would impact their quality of life. Half of the respondents don't even want their doctors to offer them choices, or to discuss the option of forgoing tests and treatment altogether. More than four in five say their providers should only offer options that their providers think were right.
It’s a "Que sera, sera" approach to diagnoses.
But there's a big disconnect with how healthcare really happens.
Doctors and hospital providers complain all the time that they shouldn't receive reimbursement penalties if their patients don't do what they're advised. They say if patients would just get off their duffs and become active directors of their healthcare rather than passive recipients—or victims—then much of the need for their services might disappear.
Think about it: Making consumers share responsibility by learning how to manage their choices might just get this process going.
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