Sample Questions You May Wish to Ask Your Doctor


  • What’s wrong with me?
  • What treatment should I follow, including medical treatment and/or dietary and lifestyle changes?
  • What are the risks?
  • What medicines are you giving me? What are they for?
  • How should I expect to feel during treatment?
  • Where can I find emotional support for me and my family?
  • Are there clinical trials I could participate in?
  • What questions should I ask if I am referred for another procedure?
  • What questions should I be prepared to ask for particular procedures, diagnostic tests, and treatment options?
  • Why is scrutiny important prior to an emergency room visit?
  • Is an ambulatory/urgent care center a better alternative than an emergency room?


  • Do I need testing? If so, what?
  • How much do these tests cost?
  • How much will my health plan pay?
  • How often should I have these tests? Should I call to schedule the test or will the doctor’s office do it for me?
  • How do I prepare for any tests I may need?
  • When and how will I get my test results?


  • Should I see a specialist?
  • Can you recommend a specialist? Is he or she board certified?
  • Does the specialist work out of more than one office?
  • How soon should I be seen by a specialist?
  • What if I can’t get an appointment for a month or more?
  • Should I see someone else?


  • Do I need surgery at this time?
  • Who will perform the surgery?
  • How many times has this surgeon performed the procedure?
  • When should I have this surgery?
  • Do I have any alternative options or non-surgical alternatives? (Ask about minimally invasive procedures versus major ones.)
  • Do I have choices outside of surgery?
  • What are the benefits of this surgery?
  • What are the risks?
  • Where will I have this surgery?
  • Can I have surgery as an outpatient?
  • Where can I get a second opinion?


Housed here are key components and information within the book, Bend the Healthcare Trend which was the impetus behind the CDHPCoach.