I can’t tell you how many times I have gone to see a doctor and had to fill out the same medical history form over and over again. Not only that, but it usually takes a bit of time to “tell my health story” to them at the beginning of the appointment, only to feel like they have tuned me out half-way through it. Can you relate?
After spending way too much time and money chasing down solutions to my illnesses, I decided to try something different.
My Health Profile
I created a health profile for my doctors. It includes current information including:
- prescription medicines, non-prescription medicines, vitamins, dietary and herbal supplements
- Current medical conditions
- Past surgeries
- Major illnesses
- Known Family or Genetic Health Risks
- A space to write down current symptoms, notes, and questions
- A space to write down prescribed treatments, tests, referrals, and notes
I bring 2 copies of this profile to every visit and give one copy to the receptionist to add to my medical records. I keep the other for reference and note taking.
I have to tell you that every doctor I have brought this to has been pleasantly surprised. If I need to have a followup visit, or see a specialist, I bring the filled out profile and add more notes until the solution has been found and my health has been restored.
The Wrap Up
On a side note, since I keep all my medical bills in a binder for tax purposes, I will add my Health Profile sheet for the doctors’ visits near the associated medical bills and insurance paperwork. This system also makes it easy to check for errors in the billing process.
You Can Do It
You can create your own Health Profile online in Google Docs or Evernote, and print it out before your appointment. Keep a few extras on hand for emergencies.