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What can you do?

Try to stay active when you discuss your health issues, or your family's health issues with the health care team.

Asking questions can help you to understand what you need to do, and can help to prevent medical errors.

See some critical questions to ask to the right, or learn more about the importance of asking questions.




More things you can do:

+Let them know you don't understand
+Find clear educational materials
+See help in your language of choice
+Stay on top of your medicines
+Improve your literacy skills
+Make informed decisions


Ask questions!

3 important questions you can ask at every visit are:


Other important questions you can ask include:

  1. What is the test for?
  2. How many times have you done this procedure?
  3. When will I get the results?
  4. Why do I need this treatment?
  5. Are there any alternatives?
  6. What are the possible complications?
  7. Which hospital is best for my needs?
  8. How do you spell the name of that drug?
  9. What are the main side effects?
  10. Will this medicine interact with medicines that I'm already taking?