IU Health: Questions to ask when seeing a primary care doctor

IU Health Family Medicine physician Dr. Deb Balos, DO,explains what question you need to ask when seeing a primary care doctor. Check out the list below to make sure you’re ready for your next appointment.

Topic: Questions to ask when seeing a primary care doctor

1.      What is primary care?

2.      Why is it important to have a relationship with a primary care doctor?

3.      Can you talk about the process by which you treat/advise your patients?

4.      How often should a patient see a primary care doctor?

5.      How can patients make the most of their visit?

a.     When making an appointment, tell the scheduler all the issues you’d like to discuss. Then ask how long the appointment will be. The scheduler sets the appointment time based on an estimate of how long you’ll need.

b.     Know your family history.

c.      Write down your questions and any other topics you want to discuss with the doctor.

d.     Be prepared to take notes if necessary

e.     Tell your doctor what you would like to discuss at the beginning of your appointment.

f.      Know your medications, or bring a list (prescription and over the counter)

g.     Be open and explain your symptoms completely

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