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LiveWell: His and Hers
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Need an Appointment? HAP Can Help!
Just how far in advance should you schedule an appointment with your doctor? Here’s a handy guide for your
next visit:
Visit Type
Description
Recommendation
Healthy Visits Annual checkups, follow-up appointments, etc.
30 days
Routine
Non-urgent ofce visits with symptoms (e.g., sore throat)
4 days
Urgent
Serious but nonemergency injury or illness (e.g., high fever)
Same or next day
Emergency
A serious condition that requires immediate attention
Immediate
If you can’t get an appointment within this time frame, HAP Physician Selection Specialists can work with your
doctor’s ofce to get you in or even fnd another doctor who will see you sooner. Just call toll-free at
(888) 742-2727
.
Finding Just the Right Words
Men and women communicate in diferent ways, and that
really becomes evident when it applies to the patient-doctor
relationship.
Women tend to ask more questions; men generally prefer
to keep it brief and to the point. One national expert puts it
this way: Women tend to build rapport, while men give a
report.
The reality is, it takes both rapport and reporting to develop
a successful patient-doctor partnership. It’s vital to
communicate and to give details about symptoms, aches,
pains – everything.
Whether you’re a man or a woman, you can get the most
out of your medical care by making sure your next ofce
visit features a little bit of both. Try these strategies:
Plan Ahead
Before going, write down all your questions and symptoms,
along with all the medications, vitamins or other
supplements you take, including the doses.
Be Specifc
Talk in detail with your doctor. Explain clearly the location of
aches or your level of pain. Remember to share your family
medical history, especially if it ofers clues to your current
ailment.
Be Bold
Ask questions until you know exactly what is happening
with your health. If you’re not getting answers, it may be
time to look for a doctor who shares your communication
style. When you fnd that person, stay and build a lasting,
trusting relationship.
Take a Partner
Take your spouse, sibling or a friend to your next visit so
they can help you remember what was said and what your
care plan involves.
For additional health information or more ideas on how to
talk to your doctor, visit
www.familydoctor.org
.