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How to prepare for a visit with your doctor

It's natural to be a little nervous when you go to the doctor. These tips will help you prepare for and make the most of your visit.

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Before your visit

  • Write down your health goals, symptoms, questions and concerns. 
  • Fill out any paperwork or forms you may have received.
  • Ask the office for an interpreter to attend, if needed. 
  • Bring a friend or family member with you for support, if needed.
  • Plan ahead if you need a ride to the clinic.
  • Arrive early so you don't feel rushed.
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What to bring to your visit

  • Patient forms
  • Names and phone numbers of other doctors you see
  • Your health insurance member ID card and photo ID 
  • A list of, or the bottles of, all medicines and supplements you take and why you take them 
  • Medical history and record of shots you've had 
  • Advance care planning information
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During your visit

  • Try to relax.  
  • Be honest and share all details about your health. 
  • Talk to your doctor if you're not sure you understand everything. 
  • Ask about any tests or medicines you might need. 
  • Tell your doctor about any specialists you’re seeing. 
  • Talk about your emotional, social and mental health needs.
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Primary care

Your primary care doctor will see you for most of your health care needs. These include checkups, shots and minor illnesses and injuries.

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Specialty care

When you need more than primary care, our specialists are here to help.

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Virtual care

If you’re worried about leaving home to visit your doctor, see if you can have a virtual visit.

Advance care planning

Talk to your doctor about an advance care plan. This tells others how you want to be cared for if you’re too sick to speak for yourself.