Make the best use of a short time that you have for your appointment with your doctor - First know your own and your family's medical history and be prepared to discuss them in details with your doctor.
Bring someone along with you to the doctor if you feel comfortable - An extra set of ears can help much. Someone else may help think of additional questions or help you understand instructions of your doctor.
Bring a list of concerns - once you are in the doctors clinic, it is easy to forget health issues you want to discuss. A list will jog your memory, keep it in brief. Include only issues of primary concern.
Bring your medications - Show your doctor all your medications in their original bottles so your doctor can see the dosage and salt/types of drugs you have taken previously.
Your doctor needs facts on which to base an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan - If you have questions or doubts about your diagnosis or treatment, express them and clear it.
To get 100 percent benefit - Follow your doctors advice
In case you think you may forget the doctor's advice, ask your doctor to list-out the main points you discussed and may request for written instructions of precautions.
Be sure you know why a medical test is recommended.
Tell your doctor the financial restraints if any for buying a certain medication, doctor may recommend of a less expensive generic medication that will work just as well.