What you need to know

What questions should I be prepared to ask my doctor if I am on a CDHP?

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?

Coaches' Takeaway

To get the most out of you Doctors appointment go prepared with a list of all questions you would like answered.

Tools & Resources

CDHPCoach’s Storage Facility, where the Coach has organized and compiled a vast amount of tools and resources for you to access.


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


What you need to know