Prepare for Your Appointment
You and your health care provider act as a team, working together to find the best plan for your health. It is important that you bring all the tools at your command to ensure the best outcome. Here are a few things you can do to make your team a success: Always arrive prepared. Write down questions for your doctor before your appointment. When you are in the office, things can slip your mind. Be sure to also include a list of your symptoms as well as any medications and supplements you are taking – including vitamins. Mark the frequency and reason you are taking them. Finally, don’t forget your insurance cards. During your visit, take notes for later. Have a pen and paper handy to write down any important remarks from your doctor – that way, you can refer back to it later. Sometimes it can even be helpful to bring a trusted friend or family member with you. Finally, be honest. Your doctor is there to help you and the only way he or she can help is if they have the right information. Don’t worry about being embarrassed, and if something isn’t clear, speak up! With these simple tips, you and your provider will make a great team!