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At your first appointment with your new doctor, plan to tell him or her about your family health history, stressful factors in your life, illnesses you've had, and any personal health-related habits. This is very important information for your doctor to know and, since it will all be confidential, you can be completely open with him or her.
Prepare for your appointment by printing and filling out a patient safety checklist (PDF).
HAP recommends that each member of the family schedule regular preventive-care appointments or "health visits," to help prevent future health problems. Here are some questions you may want to ask your doctor:
Before your visit, take a moment to write down any questions you want to ask your doctor (PDF).
If this doctor is someone you can communicate with easily, and whom you believe you could work with whether you’re healthy or sick, stick with him or her. That's how you build a trusting relationship. Get more tips on how to communicate with your doctor.
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