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Advice for People New to Health Insurance (Part 6): 10 Steps to Making a Doctor's Appointment


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As the new Federal deadline for signing up for health insurance fast approaches, many Americans are enrolling for the first time.

Whether you have had health insurance through an employer, through Medicare or are new to health insurance, this eight-part blog series, pulled from our Be a Prepared Patient resources, has information to help you understand how to pay for your care, how to interact with your doctor’s office and what preventive care you might need, much of which is provided free under the Affordable Care Act (visit this page from NPR for more FAQs on the Affordable Care Act).



How to Make a Doctor Appointment: 10 Steps

When calling a new doctor's office or medical practice, there are certain pieces of information you should make sure to ask about. If your doctor's receptionist isn't sure of the answers, you may be able to get the rest of the information from your insurance physician directory or the practice's website. It may take several efforts to get all the information you need, but having it will pay off when you need it most.

Here are the 10 most important pieces of information you should make sure to collect from your doctors’ office…more

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