Your Next Doctor Appointment

Getting Ready

First time meeting your doctor? You’ll want to bring: 

  • Copies of your medical records. Include test results, lab reports and letters from doctors you’ve seen in the past.
  • Your insurance information and a list of medications you’re taking. You can also bring the medicine bottles.

This will make it easier when you fill out your medical history form. 

Write down questions and topics you want to discuss. For example:

  • Symptoms, aches and pains. Note when they started, over-the-counter medications you’ve taken for them and how painful they are on a scale from 1 to 10.
  • Changes to your daily routine or your lifestyle. If you changed your diet, what foods are you eating? If you started a new exercise routine, how often are you working out and for how long? 
  • Recent major life events. If you’ve switched jobs, divorced or gone through another significant change, note how it’s affected you physically and emotionally. 

It’s also helpful to bring a pen and paper or your smartphone to take notes.

During the Visit

Asking questions is a good thing when it comes to your health. Take note of these questions next time you’re at the doctor’s office: 
  • If your doctor is doing tests or lab work, ask what they’re for and when you’ll get the results. 
  • If your doctor prescribes medicine, ask what it will do and what the side effects are.
  • If you don’t understand something, ask your doctor to explain it again in simpler terms. 
  • If you want more information about anything related to your health, ask your doctor for a brochure. Ask if there are any support groups, classes or websites that may help you.

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Find your doctor with our Find a Doctor tool. You can even watch short video interviews with our doctors so you can get to know more about them and choose the one who’s right for you. Or call 888-863-5502 to talk with someone who can help you.




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