When we go to a restaurant, we might ask, “What are the specials? What vegetarian offerings can you make?” But on the medical side, we have had little control. When they gave us the title of being a patient, we just accepted it and said to ourselves “patient”, okay.
But today, more and more patients bring forward treatments they’ve found in the latest journal articles online. In a perfect world, the doctor would not just state some choices, but rather, would tell the patient about all the treatments and their pros and cons. Doctor and patient would have a two-way conversation.
I also know that there is a negative connotation to the term suggestive selling. But what I’m talking about is offering complementary products. For example, the waiter who says, “You know what goes really well with this main course, this side goes really well. A lot of people like this wine with this meal, or a lot of people like this dessert after the meal.”
There should be that kind of conversation about your health care, too. If you’re going to have this test, you should also have this test along with it because together they’ll give the doctor a more accurate picture. Based on your sample, you have these 8-10 different treatments. Now, let’s review the treatment with the highest probability of success. It just makes sense.