Step 5 - Meet your specialist
The 5 Choosing Wisely questions to ask your specialist
Tests may help you and your doctor or other health care provider determine the problem. Treatments, such as medicines, and procedures may help to treat it. Something about costs of tests being outpatient and therefore covered at 85% by Medicare and so PHI cannot fund it.
Will there be side effects to the test or treatment? What are the chances of getting results that aren’t accurate? Could that lead to more testing, additional treatments or another procedure?
Are there alternative options to treatment that could work? Lifestyle changes, such as eating healthier foods or exercising more, can be safe and effective options.
Ask if your condition might get worse — or better — if you don’t have the test, treatment or procedure right away.
Costs can be financial, emotional or a cost of your time. Where there is a cost to the community, is the cost reasonable or is there a cheaper alternative?