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Don't Let Your Doctor Give You the Slip
Doctors would prefer not to rush you, but they're usually double- or triple-booked and desperate to stay on schedule. Keep an eye out for the pen: Doctors have become adept at writing while walking, and will probably start heading for the door as they're jotting down your prescriptions.
DO acknowledge their scheduling stress. Elizabeth Cohen, a CNN senior medical correspondent and author of The Empowered Patient, says that phrases like "it seems like you're having a busy day" or "can I take just a few more minutes to run some questions by you?" can slow down a harried physician and bring their focus back to you.