When you are interested in keeping yourself in the best possible health, it would be important to have an annual checkup with your general practitioner. When you do, you had best ask certain questions. If you’re not quite sure what questions you should ask, we’ve got you covered!
Here are a few questions you should ask your GP:
Can You Obtain a Copy of Your Health Records?
Your health records can help you remember important things like which medicines you might be allergic to. It can also have a list of tests that you have taken but not quite remember. When you go and visit your GP, it would be good to ask if you could get a copy of your health records.
They should be able to provide you with a soft copy of your extensive records. You can use this information to keep you safe if you’re traveling in the future.
When Should Regular Screenings Start?
While it would be ideal to think that we would never need certain health tests, it is always good to approach this with both eyes wide open. If you are past a certain age, there are certain tests and screenings that should be done regularly.
You should ask your GP when the regularly scheduled screenings for mammograms and pap smears (for women) and prostate exams (for men) should start.
When Should You Come Back?
General practitioners are usually only visited when we need a checkup or a doctor’s note. This is a habit that you should break. An annual checkup can help you keep track of your progress. If you’re not quite sure when you should be returning to your GP’s office, asking them will be the fastest way to get an answer.
They should realistically be able to give you a time table of how often they should see you and what for.
These are some questions that we make sure we ask our doctors during the annual checkup. What questions do you ask your doctor?