Protect Your Health With Preventative Care
It’s essential to eat well, exercise regularly and get enough sleep — but what are some other ways you can stay on top of your overall health?
Preventive care can help make sure you’re not at risk of developing a serious condition you can’t detect on your own. And the best part is that preventive services are more affordable with your plan’s coverage.
Here’s how you can get started.
What are the benefits of prevention?
When you check in with your health care providers at least once a year, they can detect problems at their earliest stages, when they’re the most treatable and even reversible. These check-ins can help you avoid invasive treatments and costly procedures — and most importantly, enjoy a longer, happier and more comfortable life.
What does preventive care look like?
Let’s face it: Many preventive care services can be unpleasant. Fortunately, they’re far better than the alternative. The side effects you might experience from a vaccine, for example, are typically mild compared to actually getting the illness it’s designed to protect against.
Here’s a list of basic preventive care services experts recommend for adults:
Vaccinations and booster shots, such as flu and tetanus as well as shingles and pneumonia for older adults.
Physicals with your primary care doctor.
Skin cancer checks with your dermatologist.
Mammograms for women 40+ and colonoscopies for men and women 45+.
Bloodwork to screen for high cholesterol and numerous other conditions.
How can you get started?
The best way to get affordable preventive care is to look for doctors in your network. Your health insurance can cover a more significant percentage of the cost when you see these providers.
Health insurance can be complicated, so if you need help understanding your coverage, reach out anytime.
Barb Scott “The Health Insurance Expert”