When you go to the doctor, make sure to bring:
- Your health plan ID card and Your Texas Benefits card.
- A pen and notepad, in case your doctor has instructions for you.
- Any questions you have for the doctor.
If you feel comfortable, you can take a family member or friend with you to listen for instructions and ask questions.
Get There Early
You might be asked to fill out some paperwork while you wait. Clinics often ask for important information like:
- Your name, date of birth, address, and phone number.
- The name and phone number of a family member or friend they can call if there’s an emergency.
- Any major illnesses, injuries, or surgeries you’ve had in the past (like if you had knee surgery in high school).
- If you are or have been taking any medications.
- If there are or have been major illnesses or medical issues in your family (like if your mother or father has had cancer).
Fill out the forms they give you as much as you can.
Tell Your Doctor If You Don’t Feel Well
If you aren’t feeling well, write your symptoms down on the form and tell your doctor directly what’s wrong.
You should tell your doctor everything you feel, no matter how small, so they can give you the best possible treatment.