Best-kept secrets of surgeons around the world
Surgeons have our lives in their hands, but most of us know more about the people who cut our hair than the doctors who cut our bodies. Here, insider tips to become a smarter, healthier patient – beginning with:
1. To know which doctor is good, ask hospital employees
“Their word trumps a degree, prestigious titles, and charm.” – Marty Makary, MD, author of Unaccountable: What Hospitals Won’t Tell You and How Transparency Can Revolutionise Health Care.
2. Ask about their complication rate
“If they don’t have one, they’re hiding something or haven’t operated enough to have one. No one is immune to complications.” – Arnold Advincula, MD, division chief, gynecologic surgery & urogynecology, Columbia University Medical Centre.
How much you smoke, drink, eat, exercise and whether you use protection during sex or while out in the sun matters. Doctors weigh in on what matters most.
3. Surgeons have an inherent financial conflict of interest
“That’s because they are paid approximately ten times more money to perform surgery than to manage your problem conservatively.” – James Rickert, MD, an orthopedic surgeon in Bedford, Indiana.
No-one looks forward to a health crisis, but our insights and tips will help you get better care, cut costs – and get out alive. Take a look at the 38 secrets hospitals won’t tell you.