The Summit Medical Group model of care focuses on well-coordinated, comprehensive, and convenient care that puts patients first. To ensure that you receive the highest standard of care, the Group wishes to help you:
- Take a role in your health care
- Ask questions
- Understand your condition or disease
- Understand and decide about your treatment options
Our Doctor Discussion Guide can make it easier for you to ask important questions when you visit your doctor and if you must choose a practitioner for another purpose. Download the Guide and follow these simple steps:
1) Place the Doctor Discussion Guide in a convenient location such as your refrigerator before your appointment. Having it handy will make it easier to make notes on it as you think of things you’d like to ask your doctor.
2) Write down all questions, concerns, or side effects that you are having.
3) Use the section at the bottom to write additional questions or make notes about recommendations your doctor has about your health, medications, and follow-up appointments.
4) Take all your medication bottles to your appointment or list them with the proper dosing below.
Don’t feel embarrassed to ask your doctor about any concerns you have about your health. Remember that he or she can only provide the care you need if you are honest about your complete medical history, including your lifestyle habits such as smoking, your diet, emotional problems, alcohol and drug use, and not taking medications as prescribed.
Most patients choose a practitioner based on recommendations from people they know who have had experience with him or her. If you must choose a practitioner, you should consider how and what you know about the him or her and ask:
1) Is the practitioner part of my health plan?
2) Does he or she have the background, training, and experience I need?
3) Does he or she have extensive experience in the testing, treatment, and/or surgery I need?
4) Am I comfortable talking with and asking him or her questions?
5) Would I be comfortable if the practitioner’s partners must examine or treat me?
6) Is he or she working in or affiliated with a reputable hospital?
7) Does the practitioner listen to me?
8) Does he or she willingly answer my questions and explain things so that I understand them?
Use this section to list any other concerns you would like to discuss with your doctor.
Please click on any of the following links for a list of downloadable questions about:
- Questions for Your Doctor
- Tests or procedures
- Choosing a practitioner
- Choosing a health plan
- Choosing a hospital
- Long-term care