Author Offers Tips to Improve Relationships with Physicians
Hill, Raven, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Too often, patients are frustrated by the limitations of managed health care.
Surveys have shown that most Americans place their relationships with physicians as second only to those with their families, said Dr. Mike Magee, senior medical adviser for Pfizer Inc. and a public speaker.
"Yet when one looked at current relationships between doctors and patients, they looked more like ATM transactions," he said.
His new book aims to better advise doctors, patients and health plan insurers.
Magee will be signing copies of "The Best Medicine: Doctors, Patients, and the Covenant of Caring" in Schaumburg this evening.
The book, co-written with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Michael D'Antonio, details steps that patients and physicians can take to improve their relationships.
Among his book's major points are the importance of the physician selection process and communicating concerns.
Magee said health plans often force patients to accept second- best treatment. He said patients should give their doctors active and constant feedback.
"We noticed in our research that successful patient-physician relationships involved courageous individuals," Magee said. …