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Memorial Healthwatch Winter 2009

Preparing for Your Physician Visit

Physicyan visit

Whether your appointment is with a longtime caregiver or a physician you're seeing for the first time - these tips can help you have a productive visit.

  • Check with your health insurance provider about coverage.
  • Make a list of questions.
  • List any symptoms, when they started, and what causes or relieves them.
  • List your prescriptions and over-thecounter medications, vitamins, herbal products, etc.
  • List any allergies to drugs, foods, pollen, etc.
  • Take a family member or close friend to help listen and take notes.
  • Tell your physician about any other medical treatment you are receiving.
  • Be honest about your diet, physical activity, smoking, alcohol or drug use, sexual history and other personal issues.
  • Tell your physician if you are, or plan to be, pregnant.
  • Ask about any test preparation, side effects, and how and when you'll receive results.
  • Ask for details about the causes of any diagnosis, and the duration and any side effects of the illness and its treatment options.
  • Ask when and how to take prescriptions, and about any food, drug or activity restrictions.
  • If there's something you don't understand, ask more questions.

For a routine checkup or highly specialized medical care, you need to find the right doctor.

Memorial physicians are committed to putting the patient's needs first. To find a physician specialized in women's health care services, call Memorial Physician Referral Service toll-free at (800) 944-DOCS. We're available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.