Patients must fill out new-patient forms before an initial appointment with a health care provider so the physicians and other providers have the medical history and other information needed for the appointment. Filling out forms in advance speeds up a patient's first visit, as Family Physicians Group points out.
New-patient forms also ensure that the health care provider has the patient's insurance information to be able to arrange for billing. If the patient is a child, new-patient forms typically include permission from the parent for the child to be treated as well as the parent's emergency contact information, as Patients First Medical Clinic explains. In addition, new-patient forms usually include privacy notices to let the patient understand how medical records are to be handled.