When you are meeting a new doctor and have scheduled your first appointment, you may wonder what you need to do to prepare. What information do you need? What questions should you ask?

At University of Missouri Health Care, we want you to have simple, convenient experiences at all your appointments. Review the information below to learn more about how to have a productive doctor’s appointment.

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For health care needs that can be met at Quick Care or Urgent Care, please use our video visits app.


What to bring to your doctor’s appointment

To have a positive, efficient experience with your new doctor, please bring the following items:

  • Photo ID
  • Insurance card(s)
  • A form of payment, such as check, cash or credit cards to cover your co-pay or deductible
  • Your most up-to-date lab information or medical images (if asked by your MU Health Care doctor’s office)  
  • Your list of current medications including over-the-counter and prescription medications
  • A list of questions you have for your doctor

Check-in for your appointment

To ensure you don’t feel rushed, we suggest checking in at your doctor’s office 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment. This extra time gives you a chance to fill out any new patient information, review your questions and decide what you want to talk about during your appointment.

If you are scheduled for a procedure or surgery, please visit our Admissions/Registration area on the first floor of the hospital where you are undergoing surgery.

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