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Questions to Ask Your Primary Care Doctor

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It is essential to be fully informed about your health and wellbeing. The best way to be informed is to ask important questions when you visit your primary care doctor for your annual doctor visit. But it can be hard to know what questions to ask, especially when seeing a new doctor with whom you haven’t built a robust doctor-patient relationship yet. 

 

Don’t worry! Open communication with your primary care doctor is a critical part of your preventative healthcare journey. Keep reading below for some ideas to help you know what questions to ask when you visit your doctor’s office for your annual checkup and be informed about your healthcare decisions. 

 

What should I ask my doctor during a checkup?

It is common to feel nervous or embarrassed talking to your doctor, but your doctor’s visits are the perfect time to open a conversation with your primary care doctor and ask them questions about your health. Asking questions is a great way to be involved in your healthcare and make informed decisions with your doctor. Asking questions can also help you feel confident and relaxed at your next doctor’s visit.

 

So, before your next visit, think about some questions that you might like to ask your doctor. You can even write the questions down on a notebook or piece of paper and bring them in with you if that is helpful.

Some critical questions to ask your primary care doctor at your next annual physical might include:

 

  • What do my cholesterol levels mean?
  • What does my blood pressure number mean?
  • What can I do to better take care of my health and wellness?
  • Are there any over-the-counter medications I should be taking?
  • Am I at risk for any medical conditions, such as breast cancer, heart disease, heart attack, etc.?
  • Should I be tested for any medical conditions or illnesses?
  • What causes certain medical conditions or diseases?
  • What are the treatment options for this medical condition or disease?
  • How long will treatment take?
  • What is my prognosis?
  • Should I take any precautions to prevent spreading this disease to others?
  • Do I need any vaccines?
  • What symptoms should I look for?
  • What side effects might I experience?
  • If there are side effects, how can I manage them?
  • What does this medical condition mean for me and my lifestyle?
  • What does this medical condition mean for my family members?
  • Do I need further medical tests?
  • When will I know my test results?
  • How do I receive my test results?
  • Can you explain my test results?
  • How safe or accurate is the medical test?
  • How can I get a second opinion?
  • Is surgery a necessary part of my treatment plan?
  • What are the benefits and risks of this surgical procedure?
  • Do I need to schedule any follow-up visits?
  • How much will this test or operation cost?
  • Will my insurance plan cover this test or procedure?
  • Can you explain what you are going to do before you do it?
  • Where can I find more information?

 

The questions above are a good starting place, but feel free to ask your primary care physician about anything else that is on your mind. They are there to help you and take care of your overall health, so come up with meaningful questions and your specific health concerns.

 

Should you ask your doctor to explain your test results?

Your primary care physician is there to help take care of your overall health, so yes, you should ask your doctor to explain your test results in a way that you understand. When a doctor reads off medical information, it might be intimidating to speak up, but they will always be happy to explain further. Don’t worry about asking too many questions. It is essential that you fully understand any information that your doctor gives you about your health.

 

Be sure to ask questions about anything that you don’t understand or would like more information about. This extends beyond just test results. When your doctor discusses your medical records, family history, risk factors for certain health conditions, health insurance, treatment options, side effects, or anything else related to your health and wellness, be sure to ask follow-up questions about anything that you don’t understand. Your doctor will be happy to explain further.

 

What should you not tell your doctor?

Your doctor needs accurate health information from you to provide you with the best healthcare. Therefore, you should never tell your primary care doctor (or any doctor) anything that is not 100% truthful. You should also not intentionally hide any information that could be relevant to your doctor. Be honest and forthcoming about your medical history, family history, lifestyle habits like diet and supplements, mental health, and more. 

 

Many things you discuss with your doctor might feel embarrassing or shameful, but your doctor will not judge you for your answers. They need truthful information to make accurate decisions about your healthcare, so don’t be embarrassed!

 

Make an appointment to see your primary care doctor today!

At Great City Medical, our board-certified doctors are passionate about providing you with the best primary care and preventative care experience. We want to help you take excellent care of your overall health and wellness so that you can live your best life. Call us and make an appointment for your annual checkup today! Your best self is just one doctor’s appointment away.

 

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ibro D.
ibro D.
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I finally have a great medical Dr.. She ordered blood work an gave me medical referrals.I love my GYN DR. at this office tooThe office is very nice n clean the front desk receptionists are all very nice a pleasant
Kyra W.
Kyra W.
17:53 07 Aug 23
I think Dr. Akselrud’s bedside manner is exceptional. It mimics the hospitality depicted in movie, s yet rarely experienced in actual life. As such, I appreciate his expertise and welcome his opinion regarding my health and well-being.I consider him to be a Grade A physician without question!
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17:13 21 Jul 23
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18:23 20 Jul 23
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18:48 19 Jul 23
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19:31 08 May 23
From the front desk to the medical assistant, to the lab, and down to the doctor and whoever you passed by, it was excellent customer service. It was topnotch. I think the entire staff took extra customer service classes.Even the way they accommodate those who do not speak clear English is impressive. I must confess, I have never seen nor experienced such courtesy, patience and civility amongst healthcare professionals.The quality of service was also excellent. Very humble people. The doctor, very humble, accommodating, and HIGHLY professional.I’m glad I found this place. I highly recommend! 👍
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16:31 01 May 23
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Paul C.
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16:09 26 Apr 23
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18:35 18 Apr 23
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17:40 17 Apr 23
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Bevelynn T.
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17:29 14 Apr 23
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Zery M.
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23:13 12 Apr 23
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12:55 07 Apr 23
Very professional I recommend going to this facility. Staff was very friendly and courteous…
Charles Hackett J.
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21:11 06 Apr 23
Always good service and kind people over there. I had 3 year’s going to there and I had good service with good doctors. Thank you for all the staff.
Yaneth P.
Yaneth P.
22:45 05 Apr 23
As a holistic & integrative practitioner, my PCP, Dr. Marly Grana is Amazing, has ALWAYS been & Is totally Respectful, Wise, patient, Gifted, extremely Understanding & smart treating me!Her staff, from the front desk-to-the-back is always accommodating & Extremely Professional as well!The facilities are clean.I’m blessed to have been invited to this new establishment when they began building.In this community, I’m fortunate to visit Amazing Acupuncturists, & GrowNYC.Sometimes it’s a win-win excursion.The gynecologist & her NP, on the other hand, does not support my insightful wholistic approach to healing & sustaining.
Bonita B.
Bonita B.
21:03 05 Apr 23
This is the best doctor office I have ever been ,the staffing it’s so professional and welcoming specially patricia I love her she’s amazing. My doctor Mikhail AkselRuD it’s the best ,he always give all the details about what you have and what treatment you need god bless all of them.
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adalgisa S.
00:04 31 Mar 23
Great staff and service. Dr. Tsyba is the best!
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Jackie L.
20:05 30 Mar 23
Fast service, understanding. My Questions were answered and I felt very comfortable. Will definitely go again for follow up. Many blessings 🙌 🙏
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23:17 29 Mar 23
I had a deadline to submit my I-693 and Great City medical came through just right for me. Timely and speedy process and the best customer service nurses I’ve experienced.
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