- Maintain a list of your medications and keep it in your wallet or bring your pill bottles with you to every visit.
- Before the visit, check to see if you need any prescription refills.
- Write down your questions when you think of them and list them in priority order.
- Ask your most important questions first before “the doctor is needed on the phone”.
- Be prepared to explain how a particular treatment affected you. Specific examples are helpful.
- If there is a specific article or paper that you think applies to you, read it and bring it with you.
- Bring your current insurance cards.
- If you have a billing question, bring copies of your bills to the financial counselor.
- Alert the staff of any new allergies that may have surfaced since your last visit.
- Inform your doctor of other doctor visits that are pending, new medications or new medical problems that have come up since your last visit.
- If you are tracking your blood pressure or weight, please ask the doctor’s assistant to write them down for you.
- Leave with a clear sense of which mutally agreed upon goals are to be accomplished prior to the next visit.
"Without NCF, I think I would have been a blubbery mess speaking to the doctor only reflecting emotion and would not have been productive. Instead I took the "you work for me approach" and walked away feeling powerful instead of powerless."
- Jennifer G
Thyroid Cancer Survivor, Georgia