We do things a little bit differently at KindlyMD. For instance, we consider healthcare a journey rather than a service or business. We also believe patients should be able to take complete control of their respective journeys, should they decide to do so. Ultimately, each patient must decide how to utilize healthcare services, advice, treatments, etc.
That is one of the reasons we help patients looking to obtain their Utah Med Cards. Our position on the Med Card is simple: the plant-based medicines they provide access to are an alternative to other treatments for pain, PTSD, seizure disorders, etc.
If you have been feeling like you are not in charge of your healthcare journey, we can help you change that. Make an appointment at any one of our clinics to get started. In the meantime, here are six tips you can put to use right away:
Education is by far the best healthcare tool. And thanks to the internet age, we have more information at our fingertips than ever before. Take advantage of it. Educate yourself about those health concerns you have. Learn about the conditions that affect your daily life.
There is a caveat here: just because something is on the internet doesn't make it true. The best way to verify accuracy is to look for multiple sources (reputable sources, by the way) that agree.
Healthcare providers come in all shapes and sizes, so to speak. There are doctors, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, etc. The key to taking control of your healthcare journey is to find a provider who gets you. Look for a provider who is on the same page and is willing to work with you as an equal partner. When you find such a provider, don't just “see” him or her. Establish a relationship with that person.
Records are a big part of taking control. We advise keeping track of everything. For example, you might come to us for assistance obtaining your Utah Med Card. Keep a record of that assistance. But in addition, also start tracking your use of plant-based medicines. Write down every product you buy with your Med Card. Write down every time you use it, how much you use, and how it makes you feel.
Whether you are looking to get your Med Card or you need help with an unrelated issue, make a point of being an active communicator. Your healthcare provider can only help you if you are willing to be open and honest about everything. The better you communicate, the better that relationship with your healthcare provider will be.
We always say that patients are their own best advocates. It's something we believe in very passionately. If you want to take control of your own healthcare journey, learn how to be an advocate for yourself. Speak up for yourself. Make your desires and goals known. Insist on being heard, because you should be.
Last but not least is practicing prevention. Take control of your journey by making healthy lifestyle changes. Take advantage of preventative screenings and regular checkups. Being proactive with prevention is all about avoiding as many problems as you can by being as healthy as you can.