to Make an Appointment:
In order to see a doctor in the U.S., you must normally first make an
appointment. Primary care physicians, also known as a "family
doctor," treat general problems and give regular checkups. If the
family doctor finds a condition that may need to be examined further,
he or she may refer you to a specialist (e.g. gastoenterologist, dermatologist,
If you are a member of an HMO,
specialists require that you first be referred from your primary care
doctor before they will see you.
Before you make your appointment, you will be asked to provide your
health insurance number. If you do not have health
insurance, there is a good chance you will be turned away if
you cannot pay. There are many different types of health insurance plans
available at different levels of cost and coverage. Click here
to learn about the three basic types of plans.
to Buy Medicine:
buy medicines at a drugstore ("pharmacy").
two general types of medications:
a prescription at a pharmacy, give the prescription (a piece of paper
from your doctor describing the medication and how to take it) to the
pharmacist. They will ask to see your insurance card, if you have one,
then they will fill it for you. At many drugstores, the pharmacy is
located in the back of the store.