A doctor’s appointment can be overwhelming and intimidating. To take the ease off the appointment process, make sure that you have all the essentials for a doctor’s visit. Read this list of things to bring to your next appointment to make sure your visit goes a little smoother.
Your ID cards.
This includes both your driver’s license and medical insurance card. This will give the staff at your doctor’s office all the information they need to know about you and your health insurance. An electronic version of your insurance card is a good option too.
Changes to your medical record.
From new diagnoses to recent lab test to current medications (i.e., vitamins, supplements, and over-the-counter drugs), let your doctor know what is going on with you. I suggest that you make a list of the medications you take and bring a copy of any recent lab test results to your doctor’s appointment. This will ensure that your physician has a complete picture of your health.
A log of your symptoms.
Try to go one step further from just a list of your symptoms, and instead create a log. This means take note of the types of symptoms you have, when these symptoms occur, and ways you treat your symptoms at home.
A list of questions to ask.
Prior to your doctor’s appointment, think about questions you want answered by your doctor. Do not rely on memorizing these questions. Instead, write them down to make sure they are all covered doing your appointment.
Unfortunately, a doctor’s appointment at 2pm usually means not being taken back until 2:30pm. To make sure your time in the waiting room does not pass by too slowly, bring some entertainment. This can be a book to read, a snack to eat, or work to do.