When COVID-19 threatened public health, Californians responded early and stayed home to help keep family, friends and neighbors safe. And together, California has successfully flattened the curve, protected our health care system and saved countless lives.

Out of an abundance of caution, many health care appointments were canceled or postponed during the pandemic. But delaying essential health care carries its own risks and can even be deadly.

To prevent another public health crisis, the California Medical Association (CMA) is educating patients that, with the proper safety protocols in place, they should move forward with routine and non-urgent medical visits.

For patients, know that your doctor is taking new steps to ensure your safety. #TheDoctorIsIn to ensure your child gets the vaccines he or she needs to stay healthy, to offer routine cancer screenings and other essential preventative care, or to treat your medical emergency.

CMA understands that many patients and physicians will have questions as we navigate this new reality together. We have compiled the enclosed resources for your benefit, and as always, if you have a question or concern, please contact your physician.

Patient Resources

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  • Questions to Ask Your Doctor
  • What to Expect When Visiting the Doctor Post COVID-19

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