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A good physician-patient relationship is essential for your continuing good health. You can help develop an optimal relationship by preparing in advance for your scheduled office visits.
If you are preparing for your first visit with a new doctor:
Make sure that your previous medical records are available for review by your new primary care physician. You may arrange to have copies of these records sent from your previous provider directly to your newly selected physician. Your new physician will need to know your past medical history including information regarding past illnesses, conditions and treatments. The doctor also will need to know about what prescription and over-the-counter medications you are taking or may have taken in the past. Be sure to tell your physician about any allergies you may have or any adverse reactions to medications that may have occurred.
What your physician needs to know when you are being seen for an illness or injury
Questions to ask your physician
Remember that patient involvement always results in better care and a more satisfying physician-patient relationship.
If you have a prescription benefit, remind your doctor which insurance company is responsible for your coverage. This will allow your doctor to determine if the medication you need is covered by your health plan. Remember that investigational medications or medicines taken for cosmetic purposes are not covered under your prescription benefit.