Signing up for a doctor’s appointment is a serious activity that needs preparation. You will be served faster if your documents are in order. Carrying the required documents for your first doctor appointment is necessary to avoid frustrations. As a patient one might not be aware of the essential documents that you need to carry along for registration. This article will address this aspect and make it easy for you to sign up faster.
1. ID or Passport
To register for medical services your identity must be verified. Your national ID or a valid passport will bear the necessary details required to identify you. This includes your names, country of origin and age. While registering for your first appointment with your doctor, this is the first document that will be requested.
2. Proof of address
The proof of address presented for registration must be current. It can be your utility bill, tenancy agreement or your latest bank statement. Most doctors and medical practice do not accept driving license an as proof of address. You can confirm other forms of proof of address acceptable to the medical practice.
3. Insurance cards
As you register for an appointment with a doctor, before you access their services, it is mandatory to indicate how you will pay for the services rendered. If you have any medical insurance cover, provide this information to make the registration process easier.
4. Birth certificate
A birth certificate can be requested if the person to be registered is minor. This is the only document that will be used to verify their identity. If the minor is an adopted child, you must also provide the necessary documentation to prove the case.
5. Students ID
If you are a student, you are required to present your student ID accompanied by a letter from your college/University indicating that you are their student. If you are a foreign national, some medical practice may ask for immigration documents to prove your identity.
6. Medical History card
You will make the physicians work easier if you have a medical history card. This card bears important information including your blood group, contacts of your next of kin, any known allergies, existing medical conditions, past surgeries, current medications among other vital information.
You should always carry your medical history card in your wallet or purse. It will be quite helpful in emergencies and can save your life.
7. Journal of symptoms
To make diagnosis easier, it is important to keep a record of the symptoms you experience for a new condition. If you suffer from a chronic condition, record your response to medication and any other relevant information in the journal.
8. List of alternative medicine
Today more and more people continue to prescribe to alternative medication. Though your doctor isn’t a specialist in alternative medicine, they may advice you on interactions that may occur with your current medication or any side effects that can worsen your condition. List all multivitamins and herbal products you are using. Remember this information is for your good and a tool that will make diagnosis and treatment effective.
These are some of the relevant documents that most medical practice request when signing up. The number of documents required differs from one practice to another but all in all, it is relevant to have all the paperwork ready to make an admission, diagnosis, and treatment faster.