Table of contents for You, the smart patient : an insider's handbook for getting the best treatment / Michael F. Roizen and Mehmet C. Oz ; with the joint commission and joint commission resources and Ron Geraci and Lisa Oz ; illustrations by Gary Hallgren.

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Introduction: Why You Need to Be a Smart Patient

The Smart Patient Quiz

1. Getting to Know You

Let's discover the juicy secrets about the person who controls your health: you

2. Finding Dr. Right

How to find that gem of a doctor who'll make your life easier -- and longer

3. Let's Play Operation!

You're having surgery? Use these insider tips you'll need to sail safely through the OR

4. Prescription Drugs

Take two and pray you're still here in the morning

5. How to Case a Hospital

Use an expert's eye to find the best hospital for your specific goals -- and learn why one size does not fit all

6. Have a Happily Humdrum Hospital Stay

Only $2,900 a night and free sponge baths -- what a deal! Just make sure you check out...

7. Why You Should Always Get a Second Opinion

Whose life is it, anyway?

8. Just What Gives You the Right?

You have rights, you know. Here's how to use them

9. Considering the Alternatives

On pins and needles about acupuncture and herbs?

Here's what you need to know about alternative medicine

10. Take Control of Your Health Insurance

It's your most important -- and expensive -- health resource. Are you wasting it?

Appendix 1 Glossary: Medical Jargon Explained

Appendix 2 Sample Forms: Your Health Journal,

Living Will, Power of Attorney for Health Care,

Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) Order

Appendix 3 Resources



Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Medical personnel and patient -- Popular works.
Physician and patient -- Popular works.
Patient education -- Popular works.
Medical care -- Popular works.