Part of being a good medical services consumer is to make efficient use of their services. I am a big fan of checklists and I store them for re-use in my Infoselect database. Here is my doctor’s visit checklist:
- have someone come with you to listen and take notes
How to describe symptoms:
do not diagnose–just give symptoms
when did symptoms start?
did they change over time?
- Make list of questions
- Take copy of medical records+other info such as medications taken
- Try to get copy of results of exams
- Get the prescription computer printout or ask for spelling of names of drugs
Questions to Ask When Your Doctor Orders Tests
Why is it important for me to have this test?
What will you learn from the test?
What will the procedure be like?
Will I need to be hospitalized for the test?
Can it be done on an outpatient basis instead?
How much will the test cost?
What are the risks in doing the test?
When will we get the results?
What decisions will I have to make if the test is positive?
What are the consequences if I do not have the test?
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edited to show how this topic is relevant to this board.