You will have questions about diseases or conditions, medications or treatments. You might find it helpful to take a list of questions when you visit your health professional.
Depending on the reason for your visit, these questions may include:
- What’s wrong with me?
- Exactly what type of procedure or treatment are you proposing?
- What are the risks of the procedure?
- Is there any alternative treatment?
- How long will the procedure take?
- How much will it cost?
- Will my health fund cover the cost?
- What drugs will I be given? What side effects might they have?
- How long will I be unwell or unable to work?
- Can I have a second opinion?
- If I sign this, what am I agreeing to?
- Can you explain everything again in terms that I can understand?
Ask Me 3 is a patient education program designed to promote communication between health care providers and patients in order to improve health outcomes. The program promotes three simple but essential questions that patients should ask their providers in every health care interaction. Information and practical strategies are available for both patients and providers to address health literacy issues.
The three questions are:
- What is my main problem?
- What do I need to do?
- Why is it important for me to do this?
It has also been translated into Spanish.
Choosing Wisely Australia® is helping healthcare providers and consumers start important conversations about improving the quality of healthcare by eliminating unnecessary and sometimes harmful tests, treatments, and procedures. They have developed 5 questions to ask your doctor or other health care provider to make sure you end up with the right amount of care — not too much and not too little.
The five questions are:
- Do I really need this test or procedure?
- What are the risks?
- Are there simpler, safer options?
- What happens if I don’t do anything?
- What are the costs?
More tools and information on asking questions to your health professional can be found here.
Last updated: 29/1/2019