Tell me if it makes any sense:
There are dozens and dozens of medical self-help books out there, telling us how to eat, how to exercise, how to beat this or that disease.
But what about a primer to the medical system?
How do we learn about doctors and navigating the health care-industrial complex? First, our parents. Later, our own experiences interfacing with the system. Our friends offer us advice. Our neighbors and co-workers tell us their recommendations regarding which doctors and alternative practitioners to see.
Should everyone have a cardiologist? Heart disease is the number one killer in the U.S. and many other places. If you live in Florida and you’re a Medicare patient, you’re likely to see at least three different types of doctors regularly.
My sister hurt her knee jogging. Does she need to see an orthopedist or would her primary care doctor be the right place to start?