Patient Advocate - MedicalBridges.com - Dr. Vicki Rackner: "I invite you to imagine the qualities in your ideal doctor and your job in creating an ideal collaboration with your doctor. Maybe you could even write job descriptions and here's a possible starting point:
“Wanted: Caring professional with excellent communications skills, solid clinical judgment and honed technical abilities whom I can proudly call 'My Doctor.' You collect key medical and personal information and put the puzzle pieces together in a way that makes sense. You recognize that I am the expert on my own body, and offer insights that guide me to my choices that make most sense for me based on your knowledge and experience. When we don't see eye-to-eye, we respectfully agree to disagree. I deeply trust you. One day my life could be in your hands. you get the best, safest and most cost effective health care when you take your health into your own hands. Ask not what your doctor can do for you; ask what you can do with your doctor."