What to expect when your doctor visits: What’s the best way to start?
What’s your options?
What to say to your doctor?
When to leave the doctor’s house and what to expect in a hotel?
Can you schedule a flight?
What happens if you miss the doctor?
What you can do if you do miss the visit: Read the notes and instructions the doctor gives you.
You can call your doctor to make sure you’re up to date on his/her appointments and to get advice on how to get back to work.
Ask the doctor about his/hers expectations and take notes of your interactions with him/her.
If you’re in a rush, talk to your insurance provider.
Ask to speak to your healthcare provider’s supervisor.
If the visit doesn’t go well, call your health insurance company and let them know.
How to avoid being embarrassed: Don’t be shy about talking to your health care provider.
He/she may be able to help.
You may be surprised to learn that a doctor’s visit can feel a little awkward and you may feel uncomfortable if he/she is.
The first step is to ask yourself if you want to go.
If not, ask yourself: Am I sure that I want to have this conversation with this person?
Do I really want to be seen by this person right now?
When in doubt, you can always talk to a friend.
Ask about the options available to you and if it’s possible to schedule a trip with your family.
Don’t forget: If you do get an unexpected visit, talk about it and get to know your health provider.
If your doctor isn’t very helpful, ask your doctor if he or she is willing to talk to you privately.
Be prepared to talk with your health professional.
Read more about the process of going to a doctor.