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Plan for Your Health Launches Campaign to Improve Doctor-Patient Communication
Date:7/14/2008

ith the information they need to better communicate with their doctors and, ultimately, help to ensure that they receive quality medical care. The guidelines provide the following four steps patients can follow to make their next visit to the doctor more successful:

-- Prepare: Helpful tips on getting ready for your next visit to the doctor

-- Share: Health-related information that is important to tell your doctor and how to share it

-- Ask: Advice on important questions to ask your doctor

-- Act: Suggestions on ways to follow your doctor's recommendations and improve your overall health

The full guidelines can be viewed in Spanish at http://www.PlanifiqueParaSuSalud.com, or in English at http://www.PlanforYourHealth.com. Helpful information and tips for working with a translator and getting the most out of health benefits are also available on these sites.

"Regardless of what language a patient speaks, following the Hable Con Su Medico guidelines before, during and after doctor's visits will help improve communication and overall health," said Dr. Muse. "While there are federal and state laws that mandate language services for people with limited English proficiency, and translators in some medical offices, these efforts are sometimes not enough. The guidelines may seem like small steps, but following them will make a big difference in the care received."

Aetna launched the Plan for Your Health consumer education campaign in partnership with the Financial Planning Association in English in September 2004. Planifique Para Su Salud and Hable Con Su Medico are extensions of the program to help all Americans make smart health benefits and financial planning decisions. The campaign Web site, http://www.PlanifiqueParaSuSalud.com, offer
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