It is a government sponsored TV ad and corresponding web site explores the questions.
http://www.ahrq.gov/questionsaretheanswer is the link to the web site. Have a look, it is helpful and informative. An informed patient is a safe patient and ultimately fewer mistakes or untoward outcomes occur.
For those in need of answers and don't have a Primary Care Physician (PCP) don't despair, there are answers via telemedicine. I recommend using the knowledgeable physicians at AtroGene Telemedicine group. For first and second opinions on important matters concerning your health, this is an invaluable resource. Affordable too.
Some of the questions you should ask your doctor:
- What is the test for?
- How many times have you done this procedure?
- When will I get the results?
- Why do I need this treatment?
- Are there any alternatives?
- What are the possible complications?
- Which hospital is best for my needs?
- How do you spell the name of that drug?
- Are there any side effects?
- Will this medicine interact with medicines that I'm already taking?