Preparing for a doctors appointment and asking the right questions can help you keep track of your health and also raise any concerns that you may have.
2. Is this bulk billed?
Knowing whether or not the service, doctor or medical centre bulk-bills matters. Bulk billing means you don't have to pay for your medical service from a health professional as it falls under the Medicare Benefit Scheme. This is an Australian Government service that provides patients with financial assistance towards the costs of their medical services.
3. What are the side effects/risks?
When speaking to your Doctor to help identify a problem or a health concern: symptoms, causes, treatments and tests should be spoken about in terms of the diagnosis. It’s important that you are asking the right questions, such as: will there be side effects to the test or treatment? What risks are involved that can effect my everyday life? These questions can be beneficial in helping you make the right decision for you; its best to remember there is no one-size fits all in terms of your health journey - everybody’s looks different.
5. When should I come to see you again?
Right before you leave a doctors appointment, it is always best to ask when your next visit should be, planning is the best preventative measure you can take to keep your health on track.
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