Be actively involved in your healthcare
Veterans that are actively involved in their healthcare have a greater chance of approval, as an active member of your healthcare team, you should:
Take full advantage of your appointment, before an appointment! write down your question and medical concerns, this will help assure that you and your Dr. are on the same page. Make a practice of this
If you don’t understand something, ask your doctor to explain it again, your doctor may use technical terms and not realize they are unfamiliar or confusing to you unless you say something.
Tell your doctor if something is bothering you, such as a pain, stress, and other symptoms. Don’t just wait to see if it goes away.
Or, let your doctor know if you’re unsure about that surgery and want to hear about other treatment options.
Be sure to tell your doctor about any current and past healthcare issues or concerns. It's important to share any information you can; personal information including whether you are stressed or if your life is changing…..even if you're embarrassed. You can create a “health journal” for yourself on paper or in a notebook, and bring it to your appointments.
Don't be afraid to speak up. It's important for you to let your doctor know if you don’t understand something. If you don’t ask questions, your doctor will think you understand everything he or she has told you.
Tell your doctor when you need more time to talk about something. If the doctor isn’t available to help, you should be able to talk to a physician assistant or a nurse. If no one else is available, see if you can schedule another appointment to continue your talk.