Good health care is not a solo endeavor. It takes a partnership between you and your doctor. Many people have a dictator type relationship with their doctor. A physician will tell a patient what to do and the patient typically carries out those orders without question. This is not a good relationship to have with any medical professional. People are unique and not everyone is created exactly the same. Ensure that your doctor tailors your care to you. The only way to make sure this happens is to participate. Proper care takes a partnership between your doctor and you.
It is vital to be involved in choosing your treatment. So many do not question the advice of a physician. If you have a condition research it. Learn about the medications available and the potential side effects of each. If you are prescribed something that you do not want to take, talk it over with your physician. Find alternative medications or ways of treating a condition if you are not content with your current regimen. Do not be afraid to ask questions. Ask why you are taking a particular drug and what it is supposed to do for you. Maybe it is not something you do not want to take. Saying no is not a crime even to a mighty doctor.
Do not just involve yourself in the cure, shop around and find the best doctor for you. Just because you have gone to one office visit does not mean you have to return. Interview you medical professional. Use that first visit to ask questions and determine whether that professionals demeanor and method of treating patients is suitable to you. Remember, it is you that is hiring the doctor to work for you. No one hires without an interview first, this should be no different.
The best health care takes teamwork between you and your doctor. Demand it.