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Old 08-10-2018, 09:02 AM
 
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I need to schedule appointment for a doctor, and they asked "what type of appointment do you need?" Not sure what this means.
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Old 08-10-2018, 09:04 AM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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If it is your primary care physician, they probably want to know if it is for a routine physical or a sick patient visit.

If it is a specialist, they may want to know if it is a new patient appointment, follow up from a previous appointment, or an exisiting patient with a new issue to be addressed.
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Old 08-10-2018, 09:06 AM
 
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If it is your primary care physician, they probably want to know if it is for a routine physical or a sick patient visit.

If it is a specialist, they may want to know if it is a new patient appointment, follow up from a previous appointment, or an exisiting patient with a new issue to be addressed.
Its for a specialist, so maybe I can try new patient since I would be new patient.
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Old 08-11-2018, 09:17 AM
 
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They need information to decide how much time to block off for your visit. And to see what they need to be prepared for (xrays, bloodwork, etc).
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Old 08-11-2018, 12:33 PM
 
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All of the above plus for a specialist a general idea of the reason for your visit...to make sure the reason for your visit is appropriate to the specialist you are seeing.

It will be a waste of your time and the physician's time if you are scheduling an appointment with the wrong specialist for your particular problem...

For instance if you have already been diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome seeing a Neurologist instead of a Neurosurgeon or Hand Surgeon would be a waste...

Even within most specialties there are specific subspecialists that more commonly deal with a specific problem...
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Old 08-14-2018, 05:30 PM
 
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It's best not to surprise the docs with your visit

Visit type allows staff to schedule adequate length of time for your appt.
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