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Five questions you need to ask your doctor

AS SENIORS regular visits to the doctor for check-ups should be part of our lifestyle.

However, when we are with our GP, do we always know the right questions to put forward to ensure we are taking proper care of ourselves?

We don't all have the confidence to ask the right questions, but Dr. Robyn Lindner of Choosing Wisely Australia believes we should all take a new look at our health care needs and to understand the risks and benefits of the care being recommended.

"It isn't about second guessing GPs or other health providers, it's about encouraging people to be active participants in the management of their own healthcare," she said.

"Make sure you are having good conversations with your doctor or other health professional so you receive the care most appropriate for you.

Choosing Wisely Australia is part of an international healthcare movement encouraging consumers and healthcare providers to have better conversations around medical tests, treatments and procedures.

Choosing Wisely Australia recommends you ask your doctor the following five questions before having any test, treatment or procedure:

  • Do I really need this test or procedure?
  • What are the risks?
  • Are there simpler, safer options?
  • What happens if I don't do anything?
  • What are the costs?

The five questions resource is available in 10 languages at website: choosingwisely.org.au/resources/consumers.

There are also tips on how to plan for your next healthcare appointment.


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