Six questions to ask when your doctor orders tests

Good communication between you and your doctor is essential for addressing your health concerns.

During an exam, your doctor may recommend that you undergo a test or procedure to better evaluate current symptoms or to help diagnose an underlying medical condition.

Be sure to ask your doctor the following questions so you can choose the most appropriate treatment option and setting for the recommended test or procedure:

  1. Why do I need this test or procedure?
  2. Who will be performing the test or procedure?
  3. Will the test or procedure be done in your office, at a hospital or somewhere else?

You may also want to review your benefits by signing into Member Online Services, searching our Doctor and Hospital Finder or calling Member Services at 1-800-355-BLUE (2583) to determine the following:

  1. Is this test or procedure covered under my insurance?
  2. How much cost-sharing will I be responsible for?
  3. Is the doctor, hospital or laboratory in the Horizon BCBSNJ network?

After the test or procedure is completed, make sure to follow up on your results. Ask your doctor when you can expect the results and if you need to schedule a follow-up appointment.

Good communication between you and your doctor is essential. It’s critical that you understand your medical test options, whether they are covered by your insurance and what each test involves to ensure that your health care needs are met.

This article is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.