Before you and your child arrive for your first visit, you will have already received information from your new patient coordinator explaining where to go and what to bring. Please read this information carefully.
If your child's visit will be paid for by health insurance, you may need to obtain approval ahead of time. Contact your insurance company to make sure any necessary documents are in place. If you do not have insurance and/or have questions about paying for care, get answers here.
Many patients are surprised by the amount of preparation needed for the first appointment. Having complete information helps facilitate the process of getting the correct diagnosis and planning treatment for your child. Please have as much of the following information gathered as possible when you call or bring it with you to your appointment:
Complete clinical summary
If you receive forms prior to your first visit, please complete them to the best of your ability. Forms may include a medication list, patient history form, or questionnaire about your illness.
Review maps and directions so you will feel confident you can find your way, especially if your destination is unfamiliar.
Some people want to know everything about their child's diagnosis, while others just want to know the basic facts. Read tips for talking with your doctor about your child's treatment.
Here are some tips to guide your first and subsequent visits:
Get directions, campus maps, and parking information.
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