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Many people see more than one doctor or health professional. Your primary care doctor, such as your internist or family doctor, may refer you to another doctor for a problem. You may see a specialist for another health concern. You may need a surgeon.
Having many doctors can help you get the best care, but it also can cause problems. If you don't talk often to your doctors, or if your doctors don't talk to each other, you may:
You can avoid or reduce these problems and make things easier on yourself by working with your doctors. Here are some things you can do.
When you have many doctors, think of them as your team. Tell your doctors that you expect them to talk with the other doctors about your care.
Having more than one health problem can be confusing. You may have problems understanding what you're supposed to do for each health problem.
Here are some examples:
If you receive different directions from different doctors:
Ask one doctor to call the other and talk about the best approach.
Ask him or her to help you find what you need to do.
For example, if a hospital close to you and one farther away have the same care, tell your team that distance matters when choosing a hospital.
For example, if you think you've just had a test, don't schedule another until you know whether you need it or already have had it.
Current as of:
July 14, 2021
Author: Healthwise StaffMedical Review: Anne C. Poinier MD - Internal MedicineAdam Husney MD - Family Medicine
Current as of: July 14, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Anne C. Poinier MD - Internal Medicine & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
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