How do we balance the need for patients to be involved in health care treatment decisions without imposing such burdens on providers that they are prevented from providing effective and timely diagnosis and treatment?
In a health care system that protects consumers' rights, it is reasonable to expect and encourage consumers to assume reasonable responsibilities. Greater individual involvement by consumers in their care increases the likelihood of achieving the best outcomes and helps support a quality improvement, cost-conscious environment. Such responsibilities include:
Take responsibility for maximizing healthy habits, such as exercising, not smoking, and eating a healthy diet.
Become involved in specific health care decisions.
Work collaboratively with health care providers in...
Excerpt from file: Howdowebalancetheneedforpatientstobeinvolvedinhealthcaretreatmentdecisions withoutimposingsuchburdensonprovidersthattheyarepreventedfromprovidingeffective andtimelydiagnosisandtreatment? Inahealthcaresystemthatprotectsconsumers'rights,itisreasonabletoexpectand
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