Are you satisfied with your health care? Do you feel like you have a good relationship with your primary doctor? Dr. David Stevens discusses the importance of making the most of your health care.
“One of the things you need is a primary care doctor who is going to take care of you and who you have a relationship with that’s going to advocate for you.”
Having a primary care provider who you can trust to have your best interest in mind is one of the most important aspects of health care. Having a doctor who shares your same faith is also very important but sometimes hard to achieve.
Dr. Stevens recommends the book Lost and Found: A Consumer's Guide to Healthcare to all of those struggling to make sense of the health care system. Dr. Peter Anderson, author of Lost and Found has helped develop a team approach to medicine and its working.
“Instead of the doctor sitting there and filling out the electronic medical record, he has a trained nurse that’s doing a lot of that before he enters the exam room, working with him in the exam room doing the medical record and he’s totally focused on the patient.”
Many clinics and hospitals have adopted this approach to medicine and the results have included:
Better relationships with patients
Increased overall medical care
It is often difficult for medical professionals to find the balance between being efficient and building relationships with their patients. Finding a doctor who cares about you as a person is great step in the right direction when it comes to receiving quality health care.
“That’s what patients want and that’s what doctors need for satisfaction in health care and that prevents burn out because you have fulfilling relationships with people that you’re really helping to be more healthy.”