4 Ways To Get The Most Out Of Your Doctor Visits

Nobody likes sitting in the waiting room at a doctor’s office waiting to be seen. The paperwork can be complicated, the lines long, and meanwhile you are still nursing a very bothersome cough. Below are four helpful was for you to get the most of your doctor’s visits and to help make waiting time more enjoyable.

Plan ahead:

Know your specific goals for going to see the doctor. If you are getting treated for a sore throat, know your symptoms and your ideal outcome from the visit. Explain, with as much detail as possible, what has been occurring, the medications you have taken and any other information you believe is pertinent. It is also important to dress approximately. If you are being seen for a knee injury, wear pants which can easily be rolled up past the knee or shorts. And lastly, bring a book, magazine, or hand held video game to help you pass the time while you wait.

Insurance card:

Make sure to always bring your most recent insurance card with you to each and every doctor’s visit. You don’t want to be billed for co-pays or prescriptions because you have an out of date insurance card. Your doctor’s office should always have a copy of the most up to date insurance card on record so they can contact your insurance provide with any questions or concerns.

Bring all results and files:

If you have any test results, blood work, or x-rays bring all of these items with you. In order for the doctor to accurately diagnose your ailment and to properly treat you, he/she will need to view all available test results. If you are having test results faxed, or mailed, over to your doctor’s office from another location, call the doctor’s office prior to your appointment to ensure all of the results were delivered. If they were not delivered this allows you ample time to track down the missing files and ensure they arrive safely before you actual appointment.

Time management:

Doctor’s offices are notorious for making patient wait for their appointment, which is largely due to late patience. Once a single patient is late it delays the entire day for the doctor and makes each subsequent patient have to wait longer for their appointment. Before you leave for your doctor’s appointments make sure you have the correct directions and that you allow adequate time to drive to the office location. Try to arrive at least fifteen minutes early to your appointment to allow ample time to fill out any paper work.read more about this topic in our latest update.

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By properly preparing ahead of time for your upcoming doctors visit can not only save a lot of time, but also a lot of hassle and frustration. Going to the doctor does not have to be a long drawn out process, and can actually be a very comfortable and liberating experience. Remember to advocate for yourself and ask your doctor any questions you have may and always express any concerns you may surrounding your health, health care plan or course of treatment.http://www.womenshealthmag.com/health/have-a-better-doctors-visit#.