Checkups are an opportunity to discuss your overall lifestyle, family history of disease, weight, blood pressure, vaccinations and whether disease screening is right for you. Since the Affordable Care Act became law, most health plans now cover preventive services at no cost (learn more about which preventive services are recommended and covered at www.healthcare.gov/preventive-care-adults/).
A checkup is also a great opportunity to develop plans to prevent
future health problems. For example, your doctor may provide recommendations and resources to help you lose weight or quit smoking. It’s comforting to have a doctor who knows all about you — including your personal health history and healthcare preferences — in the event you do
Routine visits with your healthcare provider can help find problems early or prevent health problems before they occur. If problems are found early, they may be easier to treat and less likely to pose serious risks to your health.
an initiative of the American Board of Internal Medicine that advocates consultations between patients and their doctors, recommends a visit to your doctor if:
- You are sick
- You have symptoms that could indicate illness
- You have a chronic or ongoing condition to manage, such as high blood pressure
- Your doctor needs to check the effects of a new medicine
- You need help with risk factors for disease, such as obesity or smoking
- You are pregnant
- You want to discuss lifestyle issues, including family planning, preventing sexually transmitted diseases and healthy eating
- You have any other issues based on your individual needs
Throughout 2017, Schneck is encouraging each of us to DO ONE THING. Do one thing to make your life a little healthier. Here's your chance... Schedule a checkup with your doctor.
If you haven’t seen your doctor recently, schedule a consultation and discuss your family history, risk factors for disease, and recommendations for vaccinations and screenings. If you don’t have a primary healthcare provider, ask friends and family members for recommendations, and find a doctor you feel comfortable with, who will listen to your questions and concerns.