Before you get any test or treatment, ask your doctor these five questions. Why? Because some medical tests, medications, and procedures may not be right for you. A conversation with your doctor helps you avoid unnecessary, duplicative, or overly risky care.

What to Ask

  1. Do I really need this test or procedure?
  2. What are the risks and side effects?
  3. Are there simpler, safer options?
  4. What happens if I don't do anything?
  5. How much does it cost, and will my insurance pay for it?

One Woman's Story About Asking Questions

After years of receiving antibiotics for her bronchitis, Mary H. learned a very painful lesson. Now she knows the questions she should have asked about her treatment options.

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More About Choosing Wisely

For details about needed (and unneeded) care in more than 100 situations, here is more information about the Choosing Wisely campaign. 

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