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Making Wise Health Decisions

You, the individual, can do more for your health and well-being than any doctor, any hospital, any drug, and any exotic medical device.
Joseph Califano

Throughout your life you will have to make health decisions for yourself and your family. The decisions you make will influence your overall well-being as well as the quality and cost of your care. In general, people who work with their doctors to make health decisions are happier with the care they receive and the results they achieve.

Why should you help make decisions with your doctor? Even though doctors are trained to know what to do, the choices aren't always black and white. There are often several approaches to diagnosing and treating a health problem, and you are more likely to feel better about the chosen approach if it is the one best suited to your needs and values.

The best way to make health decisions is to combine the most reliable medical facts with your personal values. Among your personal values are your beliefs, fears, lifestyle, and experiences. They all play a role in helping you make decisions about your health. Put more simply:

Medical Information + Your Information = Wise Health Decisions

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