There will be a lot of questions that you will want to ask your doctor before you check into a facility for medical treatment. Check with the doctor about all the details of the treatment and the medical condition. It is highly advisable to take a second opinion before agreeing to a medical treatment. Always ask for written material on the treatment and the prerequisites for it. Besides the physical preparation, a patient also needs to be mentally prepared for the treatment. They need to organize their home, as well as make all the arrangements for the family in their absence.
Let’s read a little more about the things to keep in mind before a hospital stay…
Take A Family Member Along
When going for a doctor appointment, it is advisable to take a family member or a loved one with you. This way they will be totally informed of the condition and will also be able to make a note of the things that are necessary.
Make The Right Choice
If there is more than one hospital in the vicinity that specializes in your condition, talk to the doctor in order to make the best choice. There are government websites that allow a patient to compare the facilities and costs before deciding on the line of treatment.
Re-Confirm Details with the Insurance Company
Before you sign up for any treatment, do check with the insurance company for whether you are covered for it or not. Only when the coverage is approved, should you go ahead with the treatment. The other option is to make an appeal. Check about the limit for coverage and the co-payment if any.
Provide the Doctor With Complete History
Before you check into the hospital, please ensure that the doctor is provided with your complete medical history. All minor details of the surgeries, allergies and complications to medications should be reported. Even details of vitamin supplements should not be omitted.
Written by: Dr. Jim Evans, Sentinel MED
About the Author
Dr. Evans practices emergency medicine in Virginia and Maryland. He is the managing director of Sentinel MED. He oversees a team of medical escorts that is selected for their experience and knowledge of international medicine and that deploy globally. He has worked for a large global assistance company for the last decade, providing both direction for the medical cases and being the medical escorts for their patients who are ill or injured while away from home.