When it comes to your health, a little legwork may help you make the most of your time with your doctor — and give your health care team the info they need to take good care of you.

You can gather many of these items right before your visit. But you may want to work on others a day or so before your appointment.


1. Your health plan ID card

You can print a copy of your ID card right from myuhc.com®. You should also bring along a photo ID, such as a driver’s license.


2. A list of your medications

Be sure to include both prescription and over-the-counter products, such as vitamins and supplements. Note how much you take and how often.


3. Your health history

Your doctor will want to know about your current medical conditions, as well as any past illnesses or surgeries.


4. A list of your questions

It can be hard to remember all the questions you wanted to ask during your visit. So jot down notes ahead of time — and bring them with you.


5. A cost estimate

So there are no surprises, review your benefit plan before your visit — and understand what costs you may be responsible for.


6. Your online research

If you’ve looked up your symptoms, bring your findings along to discuss with your doctor. But keep in mind that not all health information online is accurate.


7. A buddy

You can bring a friend or family member to your visit. This person can take notes, act as your advocate or offer other support.


Bonus: 3 cool tools to help you stay organized

To view and share your ID card: Use the UnitedHealthcare Health4Me® mobile app.

To browse questions to ask your doctor: Visit uhc.com/checklists.

To compare estimated costs for procedures and providers: Go to myuhc.com — or use the Health4Me app.