Planning to see your health care provider about a medical concern? Taking these steps can help you make sure that you get your questions answered and your needs met.
- When you make your appointment, give a brief description of your health concern. This will help the scheduler set aside enough time for your visit. Also mention if you’d like us to provide reading glasses or a magnifying glass, a PocketTalker to help you hear, or interpretive services.
- Be ready to explain your most important health issue. What are your symptoms, how long have you had them, and what makes them better or worse?
- Bring an up-to-date list of your medications to the visit. Include everything you’re taking —prescription and non-prescription drugs, as well as vitamins and other supplements.
- Ask a family member or friend to go with you. They can help you ask questions, take notes during the conversation, and remember what is said.
- Share your questions and opinions with your provider. If anything about your diagnosis or proposed treatment plan is confusing, ask your provider for more explanation. And don’t be afraid to speak up if you think a proposed treatment plan might not be right for you. There are often other treatment options you can choose from.
- Call your provider’s office if you think of questions after you get home. It’s never too late to get the information you need.
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