How to get the most from your doctor’s appointment

Most people have experienced a doctor running behind with his or her scheduled appointments.  Don’t let this distract you from getting the most out of your visit.

 

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Angie Hicks, Angie’s List founder: “It’s not unusual for health providers to run behind. In fact, a recent Angie’s List poll 80 percent of respondents said they waited almost an hour to see their provider. The bad outcome is that a third of them said they ended up rushing through their appointment and didn’t feel comfortable asking the questions because they felt like they needed to help the doctor catch back up.  The key here: schedule your appointments early in the morning so the provider is on schedule and you can take your time.  To make the most out of your doctor’s appointments, make a list of your questions ahead of time. Also, if you would like a second set of ears to listen to the diagnosis, take along a family member or friend.”

Angie’s List Tips:

  • Early morning appointment
  • Research your health
  • Bring a list of questions
  • Tell the truth
  • Take part in decisions
  • Bring family member/friend

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Angie’s List videographer Rachel Hardy produces videos focused on home improvement tips and trends, health care issues, and pet services.

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