Has it ever happened with you that minutes after leaving your doctor’s clinic you were reminded of an important question that you didn’t ask them during your consultation. Well, if your answer is a ‘yes’ then be rest assured that you aren’t the only one who faced such a problem. There are many like you. But do you know why such things happen? That’s because many of us visit our doctors unprepared, something that’s really not done. The worst is when you visit a doctor for the first time and you are not prepared for some of the most basic questions they ask you about your medical history. This not just wastes your doctor’s time, but your visit to the doctor’s office is rendered useless, too. To help you avoid such situations, in this post, we list the four must-dos before visiting your new doctor. Take a look.
1. Compile Your Medical Records
In the first meeting, your doctor would want to learn about your medical history and will need your medical records to analyze your case. To ensure you have all your records handy, contact your ex-physician to get pending reports, if any. Arrange and compile reports of imaging tests such as CT scans, MRI, and X-ray reports and blood test reports. You can also sign a “Release of Medical Records” form that authorizes your ex-physician to send all your medical reports to your new doctor’s office.
2. Prepare a List of Medications you are Using
Prepare a list of medicines you are currently using. Mention details pertaining to dosage and frequency. If, however, you find this task overwhelming, collect all the antibiotic bottles and tablet strips. Carry these bottles and strips to your doctor’s office so that the staff at the doctor’s office and the physician themself can take a look at the medicines you are using and advise accordingly.
3. Get a Few Basic Tests Done
To analyze your present health condition, your new doctor may want you to get some basic blood and other tests done. To avoid last minute rush, get these tests done well in advance. And yes, do not forget to bring the reports to your first appointment.
4. Prepare a List of Questions
To get the most out of your appointment, you need to know the right questions to ask your doctor. Before your appointment, create a list of questions related to your medical and surgical history, allergies, medications, immunization, test results, alternative therapy, and future health care planning. The idea here is to learn everything there is to know about your condition and the steps you can take towards improving your quality of life.
Feeling confident before your first visit?
Before visiting your new doctor’s office in Sylmar or any other part of the country, follow these tips to prepare well. Call the doctor’s office and enquire about the billing practice. Additionally, call your insurer to ensure you’d be covered.