If patients knew more:

1. they’d understand more of what doctors say;

2. they’d ask better questions;

3. they’d be more autonomous;

4. they’d make better decisions (ones they’re comfortable with, long-term);

5. they’d spend less money on care they don’t want or need.

If doctors knew more:

1. they’d provide more effective treatments;

2. they’d waste less money;

3. they’d make people feel better;

4. they wouldn’t feel threatened by informed patients;

5. they’d garner more respect.

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Looking over this, I realize that doctors might be persuaded by the same list presented in the style of a PowerPoint presentation. Either way’s OK with me.

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