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Tips on a Better Visit with your Doctor

1. Always keep an updated list of medications, dose, and frequency with you. 

2. Bring your logs: blood pressure, heart rate, glucose, etc. 

3. Bring a notepad to write down notes discussed with your doctors and specialists.

4. All insurances provide a drug formulary which can help the doctor find medications that will be covered. Bring your drug formulary. 

5. Be prepared to discuss your concerns and limit them to 3. Over 3 concerns may overwhelm and confuse your doctor, and therefore, increase the risk of medical errors.

6. Get an insurance broker. A broker will help navigate the confusing terms such as copay, deductible, co-insurance, and out-of-pocket. Understand your insurance plan better and pick the right plan for you.

7. Write down your follow up appointments and keep it where you will remember.

Author
Dr. Elaine Phuah Board-certified Internal Medicine physician.

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