Don’t know what to ask
your health care provider?

Here are 5 QUESTIONS.

Find out if that medical test, treatment or procedure is really necessary.

A young nurse and an African man smiling as she shows him his test results

Do I really need this test or procedure?  

What are the risks and side effects?

Are there simpler, safer options? 

What happens if I don’t do anything? 

How much does it cost, and will my insurance pay for it? 

Some medical tests, treatments, and procedures provide little benefit. And in some cases, they may even cause harm.

Talk to your health care provider to make sure you end up with the right amount of care – not too much and not too little.

Use the 5 QUESTIONS on the other side so that you know what to ask.


This information is to use when talking with your healthcare provider. It is not a  substitute for medical advice and treatment. Use this information at your own risk.

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