Health Care Strategies

How to protect yourself when you go to the doctor: Provide good information, maximize your 15 minutes and keep your own records.

According to the American Society of Internal Medicine, 70 percent of a correct diagnosis depends solely on what the patient tells the provider. Giving providers as much information as possible about your health can help them make faster, more accurate decisions about your condition and treatment.

If providers don’t ask, tell them things about your disability they should know. Give them relevant information about how your disability affects your health care. (If you prefer that certain information not …