Do you want to get the most out of your doctor’s appointment? I always do. After all, I am paying for that time and care and I want it to count. Do these things to get the most out of your doctor’s appointment.
1. Plan What Time to Go
To get the most out of your doctor’s appointment, be choosy on what time you schedule your appointment. Generally, the best times to go are either first thing in the morning or right after lunch. The doctor is less likely to be rushed at those times. They will also be more likely to have a fresh outlook and not be stressed by other patients. It can also reduce your wait time, which is always a good thing.
2. Don’t Be Late
Don’t be late for your doctor’s appointment. If you want to get on your doctor’s bad side, keep them waiting for you. Not only does it put you on your doctor’s bad side but it puts you at a disadvantage because now your appointment will more than likely be rushed. Neither of those things are advantageous in helping you get the most out of your doctor’s appointment. Be on time and things are much more likely to go well.
3. Be Prepared
Be prepared for your doctor’s appointment. Do whatever you doctor is advising you to do to help them out with your treatment. Remember, you are a partner in your care. If something they have prescribed or advised you to do is not working, call and ask for an alternate treatment plan. Work with your doctor, not against them.
4. Ask Questions
I never go to the doctor without a list of questions. I want to get the most I can out of my doctor appointment. This works well and I rarely have to call back and ask questions later or wish I had asked a question. Try to think of questions before you go and write them down. This also shows the doctor that you are taking their time and your own very seriously.
Listen to what your doctor has to say. If you don’t understand, ask them to clarify. It is important to get all of the information you can while you are there. Although you can call back later, it is much more of a hassle to do so. It is also best to let the doctor talk before you start going over your list of questions with them. Many times, they will answer some of the questions you have before you even ask.
6. Be Kind
Be kind. Treat your doctor with kindness and they are much more likely to respond to you the same way. I try to approach my doctor with a kind, friendly tone and I have a very good relationship with her. Many times she will even ask how my children are or other such questions. You want to have a good relationship with your doctor.
7. Call Back if You Need to
It happens to everyone. You think you are all prepared for your appointment and then you realize you forgot to ask a very important question. Don’t stress over it. Just put in a call to the doctor and wait for them to get back to you. They are used to this happening.
I hope that these 7 tips will help you to get more out of your doctor appointment. What do you think? Are my tips helpful?