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  • Schedule doctor's appointments on your birthday - this way you'll never forget to go!

  • Treat your trip to the doctor like a trip to the grocery store - bring a list of all of your questions and concerns.

  • If you have a problem, go to the doctor with a timeline. Your physician may have better insight into your condition if you bring in a detailed history.

  • Take a pen and paper with you. If you're equipped to take notes, you're less likely to miss important information your doctor shares.

  • Keep records. It's important to keep track of your medical history - it could help diagnose or treat a future issue.

  • Ask ... is this test or medication necessary? Never be afraid to ask your doctor about their recommendations.

  • Ask ... are there alternatives? If you're not comfortable with a procedure or the cost of a treatment there may be another way.

  • Make sure all of your doctors communicate with each other. It's important to ensure that your treatments do not interact.

  • Know necessary screenings for every age. If you aren't sure - just ask!

  • Keep up-to-date on vaccinations. It's easier to prevent an issue than to treat it.

  • Plan ahead for travel. You may need to take preventative measures before heading to certain destinations.

  • Talk about end of life. If this is a concern, your doctor may be able to speak with you about what to expect.

  • Fill out a donor card. This quick gesture may help save someone's life.

  • Have a living will. You never know what's going to happen, and this could help safeguard your loved ones in the future.

  • Don't be afraid to challenge your doctor. You should be an active participant in your health care, not a bystander.

  • Trust your body and trust your instinct. Sometimes you can sense things that others may not be able to detect.


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