Frequently Asked Questions
How should I prepare for a doctor’s appointment?
Be on Time:
→ In the U.S., many offices expect you to show up exactly on time or early. This means that if your appointment card says to come at 9:00 AM, you should try to arrive by 8:45 AM.
What to Bring:
Your current insurance card(s)
Form of payment for costs not covered by insurance
Valid photo ID (eg passport, driver’s license, etc.)
A list of the names of medicines you are taking (or bring the actual medicines with you to show the doctor)
A list of any questions you have for your doctor
More information on going to the doctor:
What About Insurance?
Healthcare can be expensive in the United States. Health insurance helps to keep your medical expenses from becoming completely unaffordable, especially if you have a medical emergency.
For insurance to work, you must pay a certain amount of money each month - this is your “insurance premium.” This may seem expensive, but it is still less expensive than if you get injured and don’t have insurance to help you pay a medical bill.
Insurance is currently mandatory - which means you must have some form of insurance.
Learn More About Insurance:
Common Insurance Terms:
Other Health Resources in Multiple Languages:
Refugee Center Online
HealthReach: Health Information in Many Languages