Saying whoa to your doctor

5:21 PM, Sep 20, 2013   |    comments
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WINTHROP, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Giving patients more control of their health care is the focus of a new campaign that is underway at doctors' offices throughout the state.

Choosing Wisely Maine is an part of a nationwide initiative encouraging doctors and patients to talk about what tests, procedures and treatments are not needed and may even put patients at risk.

The focus is on CT scans and MRIs for mild headaches, EKG's for patients without heart disease and antibiotics for sinus infections. Patients are given a list of five questions they should ask their doctor before they get any test, or treatment . 

"Sometimes I think patients come in and they are little intimidated by the physician this gives them an opportunity to say this is my body this is my health care this is my time what's appropriate, what's not," said Dr. Timothy Nuce, Winthrop Family Medicine Primary Care practice.
 
Choosing Wisely is an initiative of the American Board of Internal Medicine and Consumer reports and is based on recommendations from two dozen American medical associations. For more information go to http://mainequalitycounts.org.  

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