Why? Because some medical tests, medications, and procedures may not be right for you.
A conversation with your doctor helps you avoid unnecessary, duplicative, or overly risky care.
What to ask:
1. Do I really need this test or procedure?
2. What are the risks and side effects?
3. Are there simpler, safer options?
4. What happens if I don't do anything?
5. How much does it cost, and will my insurance pay for it?
One family's story about asking questions
When Randi O. brought her 79-year-old father to the emergency room, fearing that he had suffered a stroke, it led to an important discovery:
Don't be afraid to ask the hard questions .
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More about choosing wisely
For details about needed (and unneeded) care in more than 100 situations, here is more information about the Choosing Wisely campaign.