In today's world, doctor appointments seem to get shorter while wait times are often longer. In order to get the most out of your appointment (and to help cut down on overall wait time by improving patient flow), you can do a few things to be prepared for your visit. First, arrive early and have all necessary documentation, including insurance card, valid photo ID, and any payment required by your insurance. Bring completed new patient forms if it is your first time to the office. Know your medical history, including surgeries, hospitalizations, and drug allergies. Bring a list of your medication names, dosages, and how often you take them. Make a list of all questions for the doctor and be sure they are addressed to your satisfaction. Bring any needed Xrays or other test results and any readings, such as blood pressure or sugar that you monitor at home . Take notes, record the conversation on your phone, and be sure to ask for any needed clarification before you leave. Ask the physician to write down instructions or give you a summary of your visit. Repeat the information back to be sure you understand correctly. Going to the doctor can be overwhelming, so consider bringing a friend or family member to give support or help you remember. Keep in mind that numerous complicated problems may require multiple visits so don't hesitate to schedule another appointment if you can't address every issue at one time. Once you build a relationship with your primary care provider, visits will become more efficient and smoother. And always feel free to call back if you remember a question or develop a new concern after the visit is over. Together you and your doctor can create a health care team experience that will keep you healthy and happy for a lifetime!