By: Allyse Harris and Madyson Riddell
“OMG, I it’s time for me to make my next doctor’s appointment, I can’t wait!!!” said no one ever. Dread, anxiety, annoyance, and even fear are probably voiced more when it comes to our health. We therefore hope this article encourages you to take a minute to assess your health and guide you on which doctors you should be seeing regularly, as well as which ones you may not need to see as often. Too many of us depend solely on the “doc in a box,” or places like Patient First for more acute medical needs. But have you considered seeing someone to evaluate all of your health needs, possibly preventing serious medical conditions down the road?
Healthcare providers in the primary care field are generally seeing an older population who tend to be sicker with complicated conditions. As we age, we will flood doctors’ offices with complaints of diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and more. But what if you could save yourself doctors’ visits, medical bills, disability, and more just by checking in with a few doctors on a regular basis now?
We want to break down for you the doctors’ visits you should be having on a non-negotiable regular basis, and those that might be more negotiable pending your health, needs, and finances.
If you have great insurance, there’s no reason you shouldn’t be getting yearly check-ups. Many employers even offer bonuses for such preventative measures and healthy habits, and some insurances offer rewards programs for the same! Yes, it takes time and yes, we are all busy, but by choosing to make your health a priority now, your future self will thank you for it.
Now, for those of you who don’t have insurance, you still shouldn’t be forgoing the important appointments that we list here, or any other medical concerns you have. There are accessible resources and organizations that can offer low-cost or even free health services. Check with your local health departments, churches, Planned Parenthoods, etc. You might be surprised by what you find and qualify for!
The “more” negotiables:
That’s a lot of information, so it might be helpful to know which age category you’re in, and what appointments you should be making…
We hope this helps you determine which doctors you should be checking up with, or even establishing yourself with now! Medicine now is focused on how to manage and treat conditions, but you can help turn the focus on prevention. Think of how much you could save, in finances, time, and life years possibly by preventing and catching conditions early! Maybe you have had bad experiences with healthcare. Totally understandable. But don’t let that stop you. If you don’t like a doctor, try to find another healthcare provider who can meet your needs. There are some bad apples in the bunch, just as there are anywhere. But there are 100 times more good apples out there and they will care about you and care for you so long as you do the same.
USPSTF Website: https://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/