What is preventive health care, and why is it so important?
Just as you need someone to check under your car’s hood to ensure that it’s functioning correctly, you should also have a general practitioner check under the proverbial hood to ensure you’re in good health. Preventive care focuses on preventing diseases and injuries through checkups, screenings and other tools that your general doctor can offer you throughout the year to keep you healthy.
What Is Preventive Care?
Instead of just waiting until you get sick, why not do what you need to right now to safeguard yourself against sickness in the future? That means fewer days of missed work or school and fewer doctor or urgent care bills. Plus, the good news is that most health insurance covers preventive care, which means there are zero excuses why you shouldn’t be turning to your general doctor at least once a year for an annual exam. Preventive medical care often looks like this,
- Physical exams
- Annual bloodwork
- Vaccinations (e.g., flu shot; shingles)
- Screenings (e.g., colonoscopy; Pap smear)
- Education and lifestyle counseling
What Are the Benefits of Preventive Care?
Preventive care is designed to keep you healthy and free from illness. Imagine what it would feel like to go the whole year without getting sick. Pretty great, right? Turning to your general doctor regularly for checkups, screenings, bloodwork and tests can catch problems early on before they become serious. Other benefits of preventive care include,
- No cost to you if you have health insurance
- Catch problems early on when they are easier to treat
- Be proactive about your health and wellbeing
- Determine risk factors and reduce your risk whenever possible
- Establish and meet your personal health goals
- Provide simple lifestyle changes that can improve your health
Nothing is more important than your health. If it’s been more than a year since your last preventive checkup with your doctor, it’s time to call your primary care doctor today for an appointment. You should speak with your doctor if you aren’t sure when to have certain screenings or tests done.