Information needed on the first visit to a doctor includes the name of previous doctors, hospitalizations, outpatient medical procedures, previous diagnoses and family medical history, as stated by Lifehacker. Patients should also note any medical concerns they have, bring health insurance information and bring any prescriptions they're taking.
A patient may want to bring someone with him to his first visit if he's nervous or expecting bad news, notes Lifehacker. Patients should also be sure to ask for clarification on anything they don't understand and write down anything their doctor telsl them that they might forget. Patients should always be completely honest with their doctors.
When scheduling a doctor's visit, the first appointments in the morning and after lunch are often the best options, according to Lifehacker. Mondays and Fridays should be avoided, as these are the days when most people schedule their doctor appointments. Days following major holidays are also typically very busy. Walk-in patients are more common on Mondays.
Patients should not hesitate to get a new doctor if they feel uncomfortable with their current doctor, states Lifehacker. A patient might not like how his doctor delivers information, or he may not feel his doctor listens to him.