Memorial Healthwatch Winter 2009
Preparing for Your Physician 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.