Questions to ask your doctor
It can be hard to remember all of the questions you want to ask your doctor or nurse during your appointments. Below is a general list that you may find useful as a guide.
- What is the name of my condition?
- Do I need further tests? What would they involve?
- What treatment is recommended?
- How long will my overall treatment take?
- Who do I call if I become unwell and is there a process I should follow?
- Where will I have this treatment – as an inpatient, outpatient, at home?
- What side effects may I experience?
- Will I need to take time off work/school or organise childcare?
- Are there any other treatment options?
- How do they differ from my recommended treatment?
- Would I have to pay for these or move to another treatment centre?
- Am I eligible for clinical trials here or at another nearby treating centre?
- Will I lose my hair?
- How will it affect my physical ability?
- Will my fertility be affected?
- What allied health professionals are available to help manage my care and how do I access these? (e.g. physio, dietitian, social worker, chaplain, counsellor)
- Do you have any dietary recommendations?
- Can I use complementary therapies?
- If I can’t work, am I eligible for financial assistance?
- Are there any other community support organisations that I may benefit from?
At Routine Appointments
- Are there any changes to my treatment schedule?
- Where will this treatment take place?
- How long will this treatment take?
- What are the side effects?
- When am I due for my next investigation? (e.g. CT scan)
- Do I need a prescription?
- When is my next appointment?
Remember to tell your doctor or nurse about any symptoms or side effects you are experiencing.
Things to consider
- Do I (or my carer) need a sick form?
- Do I need any Centrelink forms completed?
- Am I entitled to a hospital carpark discount?
- Am I entitled to any government rebates for transport or accommodation (patient travel assistance)?
- Do I need a patient travel assistance form to be completed?
- Do I need forms completed for insurance purposes?
Last updated on June 19th, 2019
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