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Save Quizzify's helpful passes to your Apple Wallet to avoid surprise medical bills and ask doctors the right questions.
 

You don’t have to remember these questions, because, in the immortal words of the great philosopher Yogi Berra, we’ve done the remembering for you. (He didn’t actually say that, but he could have.) All you need to remember is that you’ve got them in your Apple Wallet.

Questions To Ask Your Doctor Before Treatment

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Do I really need this test or procedure?

The difference between a test and a procedure: tests help you and your doctor decide how to treat a problem. A procedure actually treats it.

What are the risks?

Could there be side effects? What are the chances of getting test results that aren’t accurate? Could the possibility of inaccurate or inconclusive results lead to more testing or another procedure?

Are there simpler, safer options?

Sometimes lifestyle changes, like eating healthier or exercising more, give the same results. Ask this question about any heart procedure. Does your doctor think this evidence showing that lifestyle changes can be as effective as procedures applies in your case?

What happens if I don't do anything?

Ask if your condition might get worse – or better – if you don’t do the procedure right away.

 

How much does it cost?

Ask if there are less expensive tests or procedures, and what your insurance might cover. Understand whether all the providers involved are in your network. For drugs, ask if there is a generic alternative.

PS If you're reluctant to ask these questions, blame us!

Some medical tests and procedures provide little benefit. And in some cases, they may even cause harm. Talking to your doctor increases the likelihood that you end up with the right care in the right amounts. Not too little...and not too much.

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These are Quizzify-updated versions of the classic www.choosingwisely.org questions. Choosing Wisely® is an initiative of the ABIM Foundation. The Quizzify updates cover specific lifestyle-vs-procedure questions for the treatment of common cardiac conditions, and ensuring that everyone who treats you will be in your network. Please contact Wanda Odom (wodom@abim.org) or Kelly Rand (krand@abim.org) with any questions about use of the actual Choosing Wisely 5-question poster and/or trademarked logo within your organization. We encourage use of this poster available in break rooms etc., but can’t authorize it.

Questions To Ask Before Scans

How will this scan potentially change the treatment plan?

 

Sometimes doctors order scans out of habit. Make sure there is a specific endpoint. If you hear “just to be sure,” the risks may exceed the benefits.

What are the risks?

 

CT scan have >100 times the radiation of an x-ray. (MRIs don’t have radiation.)  If it’s your child, be aware the long-term hazard might be greater. Many scans involve infusing contrast media into your veins. Ask about that.

​Could there be false positives, or you could find something wrong that you aren’t looking for?

 

Abnormal-looking but generally harmless findings that are completely unexpected show up so often that they have a name: “Incidentalomas.”

Are we scanning the minimum amount of my body that we need to scan?

For CT scans, the less they scan, the less radiation.

Is there a recent scan you could look at instead?

If you are bouncing among doctors, make sure not to re-do a test you already did...and paid for.

What is the price for the scan and the radiologic interpretation?

There can be $2000 differences in price between venues. And sometimes the radiologist is out of network.

PS If you're reluctant to ask these questions, blame us!

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Questions To Ask Before Taking Humira

What percent of users are helped noticeably?

There is no agreement on this figure, other than it is much less than 100%. (While you may be helped, these questions are designed to guide conversations with your doctor about the risks, rather than advertise the benefits.)

What are the side effects?

Nine serious side effects are listed, along with a slight possibility of very serious side effects, like major infections and cancer, at www.humira.com.

What are the risks and symptoms of liver damage?

From the label: "There is a risk of liver damage. Symptoms of liver damage include feeling very tired, skin or eyes that look yellow, poor appetite or vomiting, and pain on the right side of your stomach (abdomen). These problems can lead to liver failure and death." Liver damage is only one possible side effect. Any infection or other unusual symptom should be reported to your doctor.

What is my cost?

Humira is among the most expensive commonly prescribed drugs. What you yourself pay will depend on your insurance coverage, your deductible and your ability to find coupons. Be careful of online coupon offers, though. They are not all legitimate.

What alternatives are there?

The entire class of drugs that work the same way as Humira, such as Enbrel, carries the risk of significant side effects, though some people will respond better to drugs other than Humira. It also depends on which disease you have, since Humira is approved for nine. For instance, for inflammatory bowel diseases, such as Crohn's Disease and ulcerative colitis, you could ask your doctor about Entyvio. It takes longer to work than Humira, but appears to have few side effects.

 

How long will it take to experience results?

Expect to wait at least 2 weeks. If you don't feel results in 3 months, it is likely time to talk to your doctor about getting off it.

Can I stop taking Humira after it works for a while?

If Humira is working, some research shows that after 3 to 12 months of reduced disease activity, doses can be reduced significantly with little increase in symptoms. This will vary by person and should be discussed with your doctor.

PS If you're reluctant to ask these questions, blame us!

This "cheat sheet" is intended to guide conversations with doctors, not replace them. Do not take any unilateral actions based on this information alone.

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Avoid Surprise Emergency Room Bills

I consent to appropriate treatment, and (including applicable insurance payments) to be responsible for reasonable charges, up to 2 times the Medicare rate.

 

HOW TO USE THIS CONSENT

By law you are not required to sign the hospital or ER’s consent form, in order to get emergency treatment.  Signing their form may commit you to paying for out-of-network doctors and services, even in a “covered” network venue where you would think your share of costs is limited. The result? A so-called “surprise medical bill.”

Instead of signing theirs, make them print it out, cross out the financial section, copy this one, word-for-word, and sign it. Put it in your file. Along with more information on surprise bills, https://www.quizzify.com/emergency-consent has handy card-sized paper copies of this consent. 

 

If they say “We won’t accept this,” just write “I consent to treatment.” By law they still must treat you even with no agreement on the charge. You could still get a surprise bill, but by not agreeing in advance to pay their charges, the odds of losing a dispute over a surprise bill go way down.

 

Quizzify accepts no liability for use of this language.

 

We would be interested in hearing how well it works for you: hello@quizzify.com

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