Support your health with regular checkups

Getting an appointment is as easy as 1, 2, 3

Would you like to live your healthiest life? Are you looking for new ways to feel your best? Scheduling a checkup with your health care provider should be at the top of your to-do list.

Scheduling online may save you time

Most of us are used to calling our doctor's office. We expect to wait on hold, and then choose from days or times the scheduler provides.

That approach still works. But if you want an appointment at a time that works best for you, consider scheduling your care online. You may be able to see the days and times your provider is free and choose a spot that suits your schedule. You'll probably get an email confirming your appointment. You may also get a follow-up phone call or text.

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If you're trying to make an appointment by phone, don't call on a Monday. Ask for the first appointment of the day or an appointment right after lunch. As the day wears on, doctors may start to get behind. Early appointments usually mean you'll spend less time waiting to be seen.


Getting ready for your appointment

Your health care provider will ask you to complete some forms before your visit. Be truthful and thorough as you complete these forms. If you take medications, list them all with your current dosages. If you see any specialists, list their names, phone numbers and email addresses.

Use our Pre-Visit Checklist. It's an easy way to keep this information in one place.


Now is a good time to start thinking about any questions you have for your health care provider. Make a list and add to it as you think of other things you'd like to talk about. Having a list may make it easier to ask difficult or very personal questions.

Making the most of your time — talk about your completed checklist with your doctor

You can expect to do a lot of talking during your visit! Your health care provider will want to talk about your prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, and vitamins or supplements you take regularly. Are they causing you any problems? Are you able to easily get the medications you need? Are you taking them as prescribed?

You'll talk about immunizations. Are you up to date on shots for the flu, pneumonia, shingles, and other illnesses? They will ask you if you smoke and how much alcohol you drink. This information helps find any future health risks. If your doctor orders any tests, now is a great time to ask when and how results will be communicated.

Finally, it's important to be open and honest with your health care provider. No question is off limits when it comes to your health. And the care and advice you get will be shaped by the information you give them.

If it's been a while since you checked in with your doctor, don't put it off any longer. Check your calendar, find a time that works for you, and get the care you need and deserve to feel your best.

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