6 Simple Tips To Make The Most Out Of Your Doctor’s Visit (Plus How To Afford Private Healthcare)


Jade Poole from I Write Words


GP visits seem to go by in the blink of an eye. Many of us leave our doctor’s rooms and realise we forgot to mention a certain symptom or ask a specific question. And not only that but did you feel like you paid full attention to the instructions your doctor gave you? Have a look at these tips to ensure you get the most out of your time with your doctor.

If you’re lucky, you will get about 15 minutes of time with your doctor. This means that it's often difficult to try and remember everything we wanted to ask and discuss.

The truth is, doctors are busy people. They have a long line of patients to tend to and can’t spend all day with just one patient.

That’s why it helps to prepare for your next doctor’s visit with these simple and effective tips…

1. Figure out what you want to get out of the visit

  1. Is this a check-up or a follow-up visit?
  2. Are you looking to get diagnosed?
  3. Do you want to change your current treatment plan?
  4. Do you want to discuss something your doctor has already diagnosed you with?

Determine what you want the visit to achieve.

2. Make sure you have your medical information in order

  1. Get a detailed list together of your medical history (if this is a new doctor)
  2. Write down all the current medications you are taking
  3. If your doctor ordered for tests to be done before your appointment, make sure you call ahead and find out if your doctor has the results or if you need to bring scans such as X-rays with you.

3. Write down all of your symptoms

Create a detailed list of all of your symptoms. Include details like:

  1. The date your symptoms started
  2. What your symptoms feel like (dull, stiff, pain, itching, burning, annoying etc.)
  3. Describe your pain on a scale from 1 to 10
  4. Figure out what triggers your symptoms
  5. How long do your symptoms last?
  6. What seems to make your symptoms better?

4. Write down any specific questions you want to ask

Make a list of all of the questions you have and everything you want to discuss with your doctor. This way you won’t forget any of them.

5. Write down or record what your doctor says

It’s a good idea to take a voice recording or jot down what your doctor tells you. If you are going to record your doctor, make sure your doctor is okay with that.

6. Get paid before you see the doctor

Private healthcare is expensive. And none of us has the time to sit and wait in the long lines at public clinics.

The great news is that there is a fantastic alternative to medical aid and it’s called health insurance (read: Do I Really Need Health Insurance? Yes, You Really, Really Do (3 Reasons Why))

Health insurance is an affordable alternative to medical aid. For an affordable monthly premium, you get cover for routine care, GP visits, illness, accidents and emergencies.

Claiming made easy

With Oneplan Health, we front you with the cash you need BEFORE you see your doctor. Which makes claiming easier than ever.

How we do this is using our unique Onecard.

When you become part of the Oneplan Family, we will send you a Onecard. Before you visit your doctor, login to the Oneplan App and load your claim.

We will then transfer the funds to your Onecard in a matter of minutes.

You can then use your Onecard the same way you would a debit card. Swipe and pay with your Onecard at your doctor’s room.

Prescription medication

Each one of our health insurance plans includes cover for scripted medication. The amount of cover you get for this benefit will depend on the plan you choose.

Specialist cover

Our Oneplan Executive Health Plan includes cover for specialists.

Keep your doctor

At Oneplan, we don’t limit you to a certain network of doctors we cover, we let you go to any doctor of your choice.

This means that if you already have a doctor you know and are comfortable with, you don’t have to lose him or her.

Team of nurses to chat to

Thanks to our Oneplan App, we have a team of nurses on standby ready and waiting to answer any health questions you may have.

Maternity benefits

Each one of our plans includes maternity benefits before giving birth. Our top 3 plans include cover for delivery too (read: What To Expect: Your Guide To The First Trimester Of Pregnancy (Everything You Need To Know)).

If you want to find out more about how we make health insurance easy to use, easy to understand and easy to apply, then click here.

Yours in hassle-free health insurance,

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