If it’s been a while since you’ve seen your doctor, you may be among the 30% of Americans who have delayed or avoided medical care during the pandemic. Now that so many are vaccinated and medical clinics are set up well to minimize risk of exposure to COVID-19, the new year is a good time to commit to protecting your health by making a primary care visit. You can meet with your primary care provider to talk about any health concerns and chronic medical conditions and make sure you and your family catch up on preventive health screenings.
How to get ready for your appointment
- Think about and write down your major health questions and concerns before the appointment.
- Bring a list of your current medications and supplements, as well as your records documenting any vaccines, including the COVID-19 vaccine and booster if you received them elsewhere. Your primary care provider will update your medical information and make sure you are current with preventive care recommendations.
- Know that some elements of your appointment will be different during the pandemic response. Fewer people will be in the waiting room due to updated scheduling practices and limited visitor policies. Waiting rooms have also been rearranged to maintain physical distancing. You will need to wear a mask to your appointment, as will the medical staff. Staff will also ask you COVID-19 screening questions when you arrive.
It’s important for patients to return to medical and preventive care services—regular health screenings help find serious medical conditions early, when they are easier to treat.