It is quite difficult to get a doctors appointment nowadays, and when you do, you probably have to wait a number of months to get to see them. This means that you need to make the most of your time, when you eventually do get to see your family doctor. When you arrive at the surgery, the waiting room is generally full, and so when you do get to see the doctor, you understand that his or her time is precious, and so you forget some of the questions that you intended to ask them, when you made your appointment. We always feel rushed when we go to the doctor, but with a little preparation beforehand, you can learn a lot more from your visit, and this, in turn, will allow you to get the most out of your visit.
In order to get the best out of your appointment, you need to become a more active patient, and the following tips can allow you to have a more active role, when you next visit your doctor.
- Preparation is the key – We always think about the question that we have for the doctor, after our appointment has finished, and we have already left the surgery. It may have been your intention to ask, if you could get bulk billing for the ultrasound, but you forgot, and now you don’t know what to do with regards to paying for the procedures that you have received. This time, make sure you write down all of your questions, so that when your doctor does ask you if you have any questions to ask, you will be well prepared.
- Tell all your symptoms – Even if your doctor doesn’t ask about specific symptoms, it is important that you tell him or her, any symptoms that you are currently experiencing. It is your doctor’s job to find out what is wrong with you, if anything, and it is your job to make sure that they are aware of all of your health issues, both physically and mentally. This allows your doctor to make a better judgement on what might be wrong with you, and so the problem can be addressed quickly.
- Don’t be afraid to ask questions – Many people are reluctant to ask questions of the doctor, because they are a little unsure about whether the question is a stupid one or not. You need to keep in mind, that it is your body and if you don’t ask questions, then you’re not going to get the answers that you are looking for. The doctor understands that you may be apprehensive about something, and questions will help to calm your nerves. Don’t be afraid to tell your doctor that you don’t understand what they’re saying, and if they could explain it a little more, in layman’s terms.
The next time that you make an appointment with your doctor, follow the above advice, and if you are still a little worried, then try to bring a trusted friend with you. Together, you can both try to understand what is going on, and so when you walk out of the surgery, you will be much more informed.