When you are planning to visit your doctor in New Mexico, chances are you have previously done your research to find a health care provider that you trust and are comfortable working with. However, this does not adequately protect you from the mistakes that can sometimes happen when a doctor sees multiple patients each day or is fatigued or has received miscommunication. Fortunately, one of the ways that you can better protect yourself is to have someone you know and trust accompany you to your doctor’s appointment. 

This common suggestion has many benefits that can provide you with comfort, protection and confidence. According to Reader’s Digest, some of the reasons why taking someone with you can be so advantageous include the following:

  • You may be able to rely on someone else to do the talking when you are embarrassed or not confident enough to disclose your symptoms to your doctor. The person you choose to accompany you may be able to help you relay difficult information in a way that is organized and clear. 
  • You can have the support of having someone you trust and love to help you receive difficult, frustrating or confusing information when you are diagnosed or given information about treatment options. 
  • You can have the assistance of someone else to help you keep records and write down important information about your treatment. After leaving the doctor, this person can help keep you accountable to make sure you have followed through with the requirements your doctor gave you for recovery. 

The information in this article is intended for educational purposes only and should not be taken as legal advice.