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Sample Questions To Ask A Doctor During A Visit

Questions To Ask If Your Doctor Makes A Referral To A Specialist

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If a doctor makes a referral to a specialist, consider asking the following questions:

  • Why are you making the referral?
  • What should I expect from the visit to the specialist?
  • (If you're being referred to a specific specialist) What do you know about this particular doctor's background and experience?
  • What do I need to do to prepare for the appointment?
  • Will you contact the doctor ahead of my visit? Will your office send my records?

If you have a managed care insurance plan, find out if you need to obtain authorization from your insurance company before you meet with the specialist. If your doctor's office has paperwork for you to complete, fill it out before you leave the office so approval can be received in a timely manner before your appointment with the specialist.

Before you see another doctor, check his or her credentials and look at your other choices. For more information, see Choosing A Specialist.

After you see the specialist, be sure she sends notes of each visit and lab work to your primary care physician, and to your other doctors. Ask that a copy also be sent to you.

Don't forget to keep all your doctors up to date if there are changes.

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