Tribune Print Share Text

Title

Health information checklist

Created date

December 31st, 2008
Make sure yours is up-to-date Just as you make sure your auto insurance is up-to-date or your pantry stays well-stocked, one of the periodic reviews you should do is determining if you have what s necessary to keep your health care running smoothly. Here s a simple checklist to ensure you re up-to-date: Copies of important health information to keep
  • The names and dosages of medicines you re taking, including nonprescription drugs and natural supplements, like calcium.
  • Your primary care doctor s contact information.
  • Contact information for any specialists you see regularly.
  • Your health insurance card/contact information.
  • Advance directives/wills/power of attorney. Updating your files is a great way to introduce the subject to loved ones.
Places to keep your health information
  • Keep one copy in a box or file folder at home where it s easily accessible.
  • Information like your prescription list and doctor s contact info should be with you when you travel.
  • Keep an extra copy with a friend or relative.
  • Give your primary care doctor the contact information for any specialists you see.
  • Also consider an electronic option all your health care data is stored electronically, and you can take it with you.
Other things to have
  • At least a week s worth of all your medicines at home.
  • At least a week s worth of nonperishable foods to meet special dietary needs.
  • Extra batteries for a hearing aid.

Comments