Advice: Can You Hear Me Now?

Is your doctor listening to you? Here's how to get more from your next checkup

Time is short--especially at the doctor's office. During each visit, you spend only 12 to 15 minutes with your doctor, the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey has found. And when you try to explain how you're feeling, chances are the doctor will interrupt before you get 23 seconds into your recital, says an article in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

No wonder "My doctor doesn't listen to me" is one of the top gripes about medical care.

So how do you get the most bang out of your medical-insurance buck? The key, as in most relationships, is communication. "We've...

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