What Should I Ask My Doctor About Preventative Tests?

Your doctor will probably recommend preventative tests for you at every stage of life, depending on your health-status, age and gender. These tests are a cost-effective way to find and treat potential health problems before they begin to cause problems or worsen, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Asking your doctor questions about preventative tests can may help you better understand them. You may ask:

  • What will this test tell me?
  • When will I get the results?
  • What are the benefits and risks of having the test?
  • What happens if the test has a false positive or a false negative?
  • Does the recommended treatment depend on the results?
  • How often do I need this test?
  • Do I need a separate appointment for this test?
  • Do I need to do anything to prepare for this test (lab work, fasting, etc.)?
  • How do I find out what tests are covered by my insurance?

Talk with your doctor if you have questions about any preventative tests he or she recommends for you.

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