Want to get the most out of your doctor appointment? Follow these tips:
1. Write down the reasons for your visit
List your health concerns but limit to 4 issues per visit
2. Have a typed list of all your medications and dosage that you take and for what and any vitamins and supplements with their dosage
Do not bring a baggie full of your pills, if you don’t know why you are taking a medication, but it on your list of something to ask your doctor
3. If your Doctor wants to do some blood tests or scans, find out before your appointment
You may have to fast so you don’t want an appointment at 3 in the afternoon! Some scans may not be covered by your insurance
4. Know what your insurance covers
Knowing your insurance coverage is your responsibility not your doctor’s. If a test is suggested by your doctor you want to discuss the costs and a possible alternative test covered by your insurance.
5. Ask questions
Who, What, Where and Why. Who is going to read your tests results? What reasons are you being tested? Why are you being tested or examined? Where will the follow up or additional testing take place?
You only have 15-25 minutes of time with your doctor so refrain from spending valuable time with chitchat.
If the nurse or medical assistant takes your vitals, refrain from going into your reasons for your visit until you see the doctor whose job it is to hear your health concerns. A Happy patient and a Happy doctor can occur from a little pre-appointment preparation.
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