5 questions you should ask your doctor.

Before you get any test or treatment, ask your doctor these five questions.
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.
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