Making the Most of Your Doctor Visit
If This Is Your First Appointment
For your convenience, you can print out and complete New Patient Forms and bring them to your appointment. please arrive about 20 minutes early to fill out paperwork. Come with questions for your doctor.
Click here to print any new patient forms you may need for your first appointment.
Be sure to bring the following:
- legal picture ID (Driver's License, Passport or Military ID)
- current Insurance card and
- a form of payment cash or MC/VISA
- list of all the prescription and over-the-counter medications you are taking, including:
- herbs OR bring the medications in their original bottles.
For All Appointments
Good communication with your doctor is important. But when you are not feeling well, it is sometimes hard to remember exactly what you want to ask or tell your doctor. Here are three steps to make the most of your doctor visit:
- Write down your symptoms, complaints, and concerns. If you do this before you arrive at your doctor’s office, you won’t forget to mention important details.
- Write down any questions you want to ask your doctor. Even if you plan to ask only one or two questions, writing them down may trigger a few more that you had not originally considered. Here are some good basic questions to ask:
- What is my main problem?
- What do I need to do?
- Why is it important for me to do this?
Ask what the next steps are in your treatment plan. Your doctor may have told you that you need a laboratory test, or physical therapy, or a new medication. Asking about next steps can give you the “big picture” of your treatment plan over time.
- Talking about your health concerns and asking questions is a way of partnering with your doctor and healthcare team to improve your health.
Planning ahead for your visit will make the most of the time you have with your doctor or other healthcare professional.