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Making Your Office Visit Count

Make the most of your visits with your doctor. Ask the right questions and get answers!

Have you ever gone to your primary care provider (PCP) or other doctor with several questions in mind only to forget most of them by the time you get there? Has your doctor ever given you instructions that you immediately forgot after the appointment? It happens to the best of us! Use the checklist on the back to get prepared for your next appointment.

Don’t be afraid to talk openly and honestly with your doctor. If you have questions, ask them. Sharing information with your doctor and asking questions will improve the care you receive. Your doctor is there to help.

We know how overwhelming it can be to prepare for a visit with your doctor. Use this checklist to help you keep track of any questions or notes you have before, during and after your visit.

Before Your Visit

  • Call to confirm your appointment. Make sure you are going to a doctor in the Ambetter network.
  • Write down your questions so you don’t forget them. Remember, all questions are important!
  • Keep track of any symptoms you may have.
  • Bring a complete list of your medications, including prescriptions, over-the-counter drugs, and supplements.

During Your Visit

  • Bring your list of questions, updated medications and symptoms.
  • Ask your questions and write down the answers.
  • Talk to your doctor about your diagnosis and treatment. Ask if there are any alternatives.
  • Write down your doctor’s instructions so you don’t forget them later!

After Your Visit

  • Review your notes and pick up your prescriptions at your pharmacy.
  • If you had blood work or other tests done, call for test results.
  • Discuss your appointment with a trusted family member. This person may help you stay on track.
  • Schedule a follow-up visit if necessary as well as your next well-visit appointment. Update your calendar.