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Still, when you’re actually face-to-face with your doctor, all your good intentions may fly out the window. That’s why it’s smart to spend a little time preparing for your visit ahead of time.
Here are some tips to help you prep so you can make the most of your time with your doctor. Start by making lists and notes to help you remember everything you want and need to say. Sure, some symptoms or questions may be hard to bring up or talk about. Write down some keywords you can use to get started. Your notes should include:
Need some inspiration? Here are 15 questions to help kick start the conversation:
When you are open and honest, it helps your care provider with:
Remember, don’t feel shy or embarrassed about asking questions or repeating the doctor’s answers. It shows your that you care about your health. If you have follow-up questions or need clarification about something after your visit, reach out to your doctor’s office – even if it’s questioning something that doesn’t appear to be correct on your Explanation of Benefits.
Originally published 4/15/2015; Revised 2023
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