Remember your ultimate goal.
Being an engaged patient takes some time and effort.
But with everything you do in life—making sure the bills get paid, caring for family and pets, offering neighbors a helping hand—don’t you deserve to focus on yourself once in a while? Medicine shouldn’t be a spectator sport, says Sands. “It’s much better practiced as a participatory sport. You will feel more in control. You don’t have to feel like things are being done to you; rather with you and by your choice. You’ll have less anxiety and better health.” You’ll also likely save money and avoid errors. With rising costs and an ever-more-complicated medical system, says Sands, patients are going to play a bigger role in determining our own wellness goals, and lighting the path to get there. And who better to do it? While health care providers are experts in medicine, we are the best experts on ourselves.