Being a Patient

Information on PPC&G or any other web site should not be used as a substitute for professional healthcare. You should always consult your health professional before acting on any information seen on PPC&G or any other web site.

Some notes getting the most from your health care:
The suggestions on this page are compiled by Alice, the person helping to build the PPCG site, and someone who's had a lot of experience as a patient. You can e-mail her at

3 questions for your doctor says there are three questions you should be sure to ask your doctor every time you see him or her:

  1. What is my main problem?

  2. What do I need to do?

  3. Why is it important for me to do this?
In fact, the site suggests you ask the same questions of you pharmacist and your nurse.

Hard to remember? The site offers a checklist to go over before an appointment. You can find it at

Don't make assumptions

If a doctor covered by your insurance orders a test and you want insurance to cover that test, verify that people doing the test are covered as well. It is possible for an in-network doctor to practice at a facility that is out-of-network.

Use the resources at your disposal

If there's one thing that's more important than having good doctors, it's being a good patient. The doctors can only do so much. Getting good health care depends a lot on being a good patient.

That doesn't mean you have to smile and nod and say "Yes, doctor." It means to ask questions, listen, and ask more good questions. Find out about your diagnosis. Find out about your options. Speak up if you're uncomfortable with something.

You can find a lot of information on the site's Resources page.