A: I previously wrote a blog on this issue that I encourage you to read ( http://www.healthcarejourney.com/4/post/2013/07/finding-a-doctor.html)
Basically, I encourage you to prepare thoroughly for your visit by doing the following:
- Ask the doctor's staff what they need from you ahead of time and get it to them
- Bring a list with your top three questions or concerns; a printed health history is helpful to save time
- Keep track of your time with the doctor. It is perfectly acceptable to ask how much time you have together for the first meeting to ensure your get what you want out of the visit or establish a follow-up plan to address remaining concerns. Remember, obtaining what you want is a process that will like evolve over time, not at a single visit
- Make sure you establish a means of communication between visits
I hope this helps
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