First time to visit a doctor in Canada?
Prepare for it so that you:
- don’t get nervous
- make the most out of the appointment
- save time (both yours and your doctor’s)
- List down your what you are feeling (symptoms):
List down medicines you have taken.
- Write down how often and how long you have been experiencing them.
- July 8 –headache Friday afternoon after working on the computer
- July 9 –headache in the evening after work
- July 10 – fever (39 °C) and body pain
For a routine check-up:
- Be detailed.
- It will help the doctor know your illness more quickly.
Have information on the following:
- Family history of conditions and diseases
- Previous surgeries
- Therapies and treatments
- Screenings or vaccinations
- Medicines or supplements
- Specific health concerns or questions
Need more help?
If you need help with your English, go to:
During the appointment:
- Be ready to answer these questions:
Come on timeIf you can’t speak in English or French:
- What brings you in today?
- What hurts?
- What are your symptoms? Or What do you feel?
- How long has this been going on?
- Has the pain been getting better or worse?
- Do you smoke? Do you drink alcohol? How often?
- Do you have a family history of this?
- Do you take medicines or supplements?
- Are you sexually active?
- Have you had previous surgeries?
- Are you allergic to any medicines?
Ask if you don’t understand something.
- bring a friend or a family member with you
- assign a patient advocate
- it is a person who can support you or act on your behalf.
Write down terms, directions, or instructions from the doctor.
- say “Please explain”, or “Please speak slowly, I didn’t understand what you said”
- ask for interpreter services
- It is safe to ask:
- What is my health problem?
- What do I need to do?
- Why do I need to do this?
Before you leave
Know when and how to follow-up
- Ask if you can call or email if you have questions.
- Ask for contact numbers or email addresses.
- If you need a follow-up check up, ask the assistant to schedule it.
- Bring your Manitoba Health Card.
- Bring your supplementary health insurance card (if you have one).
- Fill out the patient information form completely.
- Know your rights and responsibilities as a patient.
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