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Developing a Good Relationship with your Doctor

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Developing a Good Relationship with your Doctor

In far too many cases patients come away from their doctor visits feeling as though things could have gone far better. The good news is that there are some steps you can take to make sure that things go as well as possible during your next doctor visit. Read on for more details.

One of the first things you can do is to make sure that you are as organized as possible before your next doctor’s visit. This means taking the time to write down any questions or concerns you may have as well as any symptoms or changes in health you have experienced recently. It is also important to make sure you write down the dates when any symptoms or changes began.

If this is the first time you will be seeing a new doctor, it is also important to make sure your doctor has copies of all your medical records from prior doctors before you arrive for your first appointment.

Do be sure, as well, that you have your insurance card when you arrive for your appointment and that you understand your coverage. Remember that it is your responsibility to make sure that you understand what your insurance will cover, what it will not and to what extent your policy will cover.

When you are discussing details with your doctor be sure to provide as many details as possible. This will help your doctor to help you the most.

Don’t be afraid to ask questions. If you find that you are having trouble understanding your doctor, don’t hesitate to ask him or her to speak slowly and to use terms that you can understand instead of technical terms. Be sure to take notes that you can refer to later.

If you have any lab work or tests performed, take the time to make sure you understand the purpose of the test as well as the results. Ask your doctor details regarding what the test will involved, how it is performed and what he or she hopes to find out from the results.

Always ask when you can expect to receive the results of the test. Some doctors have a policy of only reporting results if there are abnormalities observed. If you have not heard back from your doctor, don’t hesitate to get in touch with the office to double-check.

If your doctor indicates that a course of treatment is required, be sure you understand what will be involved and the costs. It is also important to ask about any lifestyle changes that may be necessary as well as any medications. Don’t be afraid to ask about other options that may be available in terms of treatment. Your doctor may be able to refer you to other options that can best meet your needs.

You should also make sure you schedule a follow-up visit in order to keep the lines of communication open with your doctor. Before you leave the office find out as well what you should due in case of an emergency. This includes making sure you understand the office hours and when your doctor is available. Ask what you should do when your doctor is not available. This can be particularly important if you need to call and only the emergency answering service is available.

Even though doctors tend to have less time and even more patients these days, making sure you take the time to follow these steps can help to ensure that all the important areas of your health are covered the next time you go in for a doctor’s appointment