"Surviving Modern Medicine" gives consumers the practical steps they can take to navigate today's confusing medical world to improve the quality of care they receive. The authors dig through leading research for down-to-earth tips that any patient can apply to: open lines of communication with doctors; weigh the risks and benefits among treatment options; mobilize understanding and effective support from family and friends; overcome the fatigue and guilt of long-term cargiving; and control life-support situations to balance high-technology against an acceptable quality of life. Readers learn how to battle with a stubborn HMO and to select the right coverage in the first place. Patients discover how to make better use of their office visits, communicating effectively with doctors by asking the right questions and remembering crucial facts. The book features the authors' nationally-tested guide to decision making about critical care and to completing a Living Will or Healthcare Power of Attorney. Throughout, the book provides simple exercises that readers can practice. These exercises allow patients to replace frustating and perplexing encounters with the health and medical bureaucracy with successful ones.