Preventative Health Care…What’s That?

March 27, 2019 by Kerri Maxcy PA-C

When’s the last time that you visited the doctor?  Do you avoid going to the doctor unless you come down with that dreaded flu or the sore throat that your child brought home from school?  You are not alone, however, you may be missing out on some important health benefits.

Many health organizations recommend routine screening and preventative services to be completed, depending on your age.  For many people, certain preventative health care services are now fully covered by health insurance, with no copays or deductibles.

From birth to age 21, it is recommended that children be seen for well-baby and well-child visits.  These appointments are important for ensuring that your child is developing as they should be–emotionally, mentally, and physically.  It is also an excellent time to discuss vaccinations and what may be appropriate for your child.  Many of the recommendations and screening tools used at these appointments come from the American Academy of Pediatrics, a trusted source for keeping kids healthy.

Preventative health care can help you stay healthier throughout your life.  It can help to prevent illnesses, disease and other health problems, as well as detect diseases at an early stage when treatment is likely to work best.  Routine screening for blood pressure, diabetes, and cholesterol are also encouraged.  Tests are also available for early detection of many types of cancer.   Vaccinations are still recommended in adulthood and it is important to discuss with your provider which may be needed depending on your risk factors.  For patients of all ages, lifestyle screenings and counseling are important to help promote healthy lifestyles. 

Going to the doctor is no longer just for when you are sick!  There are many steps that you can take to ensure that you are taking the right steps to stay happy and healthy.

You can visit https://www.cdc.gov/prevention/index.html for more information on preventative care and information checking with your insurance to see what is covered for you and your family.

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