After your loved one’s diagnosis, it is important to research and gather information about prostate cancer, which you should study before visiting the doctor. It will help you determine what questions to ask.
It is also helpful to keep a record of test results, important dates, medical articles, and other educational materials.
Buy an expanding file or legal sized folder you can easily carry with you. Use it to hold:
- Medical records
- Bills and insurance papers
- Healthcare professionals’ business cards
- Medical articles
- Other educational materials
Buy a notebook and reserve the first few pages for important phone numbers and addresses. This makes it easy to find those numbers when you need them quickly.
Use the notebook as you do your research and take notes when you visit various doctors. You can also use it write down your questions ahead of time and the answers you receive.
Get a small appointment book or calendar (preferably one that fits in your big folder). Use it to keep track of all upcoming appointments.
Keep track of every conversation you have with your health insurance company in your notebook. Remember to date the conversation and ask for the name of every person you speak with.
By doing this, you will be able to document your conversation should a problem arise.
Ask for copies of every test result and keep them in your folder. You will be surprised how many times one doctor will forget to send test results to another doctor. You will always be prepared.
It will also save you precious time and each doctor can address important issues at every visit because they will have the information they need.
Also jot down the names of any nurses you meet. Nurses may be easier to get a hold of than doctors. If you have a quick question the nurse may be able to answer it if the doctor isn’t around.
Record the number of miles you drive to every hospital or medical visit. You should be able to deduct this as an expense on your yearly tax return.
If you need to stay overnight, you may also be able to deduct the cost of your hotel. Check with your accountant or the Internal Revenue Service.
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