A guest blog by Diamond Grant
When you have a disability, you sometimes need very specific care which may require more frequent doctor visits and help from specialists who are familiar with your condition. The process of keeping up with so much can quickly become confusing, and it can be hard to determine whether you’re spending your time optimally.
Receiving the best healthcare for your disability can take some determination, yet it should be your top priority. It’s crucial for maintaining your personal well being and managing any health conditions you might have.
To receive the best healthcare, self-advocacy is essential. Here are four tips to ensure you’re getting the best care for your disability.
- Be Involved In Your Care
Discussing your symptoms, improvements and feelings about your treatment plan with your doctor is important, so play an active role in your health. Your doctor can adjust your treatment based on what’s working for you. Try to understand your own needs and voice any concerns you might have. Learn the benefits and disadvantages of any treatment options available to you.
Keep copies of your records and ask questions. Let your doctor know if you would like them to order specific tests for you or if you would like more information about anything they are recommending.
- Find Specialists
To get the best healthcare for your disability, you’ll need to find doctors that have experience treating your specific health conditions. Sometimes your primary care physician will provide you a referral to a specialist or you might find a specialist through your network.
Switching to a new doctor is sometimes necessary to get the healthcare you need want. It’s important to understand that not all doctors have the same training. Some partake in continuing education classes that qualify them to better treat certain conditions.
- Read Reviews
Searching the Internet for doctors in your area is a simple way to find physicians who specialize in treating certain disabilities, though you should be aware of the dangers of doing so, as there is a large black market for personal health information. You’ll want to only use reputable websites and consider hiding your IP address during your search so you don’t run into any cybersecurity issues. Once you find doctors that might be able to help, read reviews (albeit with a grain of salt) to determine if they’re the doctor for you.
Sometimes people will mention in their reviews what conditions they visited the doctor for as well, letting you know about a doctor’s previous experience with an illness. Healthgrades is a website that will be of assistance to you when searching for specialists in your area. You can also type in the name of a doctor to find reviews and other information such as which conditions they treat, insurances they accept, board certifications and even view background checks.
- Don’t Be Afraid To Ask Questions
Asking questions is great because not only does it help you play an active role in your health, it also helps you understand the care you are receiving. It can lead to you learning more about your health conditions so you can seek out a lifestyle that fits your needs.
If there’s ever anything you are unsure of or specific treatments you have questions about, simply ask your doctor. By doing all the above and taking a more active role in your treatment, you can ensure you’re getting the best healthcare available for your disability.
Do you have any extra advice? What has your experience regarding getting healthcare for your condition? Let us know in the comments below.
About the Author: Diamond Grant is a health and wellness blogger who was inspired to learn more after learning of her loved ones’ disabilities. She now enjoys writing about topics that can help others who are struggling to find the best care available for their health conditions.