You are here: Home Managing Your ... Doctors: How To ... Sample Questions ... Questions To Ask If You ...
Information about all aspects of finances affected by a serious health condition. Includes income sources such as work, investments, and private and government disability programs, and expenses such as medical bills, and how to deal with financial problems.
Information about all aspects of health care from choosing a doctor and treatment, staying safe in a hospital, to end of life care. Includes how to obtain, choose and maximize health insurance policies.
Answers to your practical questions such as how to travel safely despite your health condition, how to avoid getting infected by a pet, and what to say or not say to an insurance company.

Sample Questions To Ask A Doctor During A Visit

Questions To Ask If You Receive A New Diagnosis

Next » « Previous


A diagnosis is based on the symptoms you are experiencing, and the results of physical exams, laboratory work, and other tests. If you receive a new diagnosis, consider asking the following questions. Because so much starts with a new diagnosis, be sure you understand what the doctor tells you.

  • What is the name? (Ask the doctor to write it down if there is any chance of confusion).
  • What is it? You need to understand what the diagnosis is in order to make better decisions about treatment.
  • Why does the doctor think you have it?
  • How long does it usually last?
  • What's the best way to learn more about it?
  • What would happen if I don't do anything about it?
  • What can I do as a patient to get the most benefit from treatments and to get rid of or minimize this condition?
  • What are the treatment alternatives? (See Choosing A Treatment). If the doctor works for a managed care company, or your insurance is of a managed care variety:
    • Ask if there are other treatment options that the doctor hasn't discussed.
    • Do your own research as well (or ask someone to do it for you) to find out whether there are additional options you should consider.
  • If drugs are recommended to treat the condition, at least learn the name and what the drug is supposed to do for you. To prevent errors, ask the doctor to write down how often and for how long you should take the drug -- as well as other special instructions. Be sure to ask whether the drug conflicts with your other drugs. For additional questions to ask, see Drug Questionnaire.
  • If the diagnosis involves a communicable disease (one that can be transferred to another person), what sort of precautions should I take?
  • Will I need any special assistance in my home for my condition? If so, what type of assistance? Will it be covered by my insurance?
  • Are there any changes I should consider making to my home because of my health condition? To my daily activities?
  • What take-home information can you provide about my diagnosis and treatments, such as books, brochures, diagrams, and audio or videotapes?

Please share how this information is useful to you. 0 Comments


Post a Comment Have something to add to this topic? Contact Us.

Characters remaining:

  • Allowed markup: <a> <i> <b> <em> <u> <s> <strong> <code> <pre> <p>
    All other tags will be stripped.