Why preventive visits are so important

September 7, 2017 Providence Health Team

We call these visits preventive because they do just that: prevent. Regardless of how you feel, you should make it a priority to schedule regular check-ups with your physician. Why? Because it could be the defining difference between catching a disease before it starts and finding out too late. Not only do preventive visits give you a head start, they also give you access to a wider range of treatments and defense strategies. Everything you do in life dictates your health—your exercise routines, eating habits, drinking and smoking, too, and every year your body reacts a little differently. Don’t leave yourself vulnerable – start creating a healthy lifestyle where peace of mind is paramount.

Need more convincing? Read on

Avoid painful symptoms

According to Dr. Brandon Orr of Providence Mill Creek Commons Family Medicine, “It’s much easier to prevent disease than to treat one. A perfect example of this is HPV. With the HPV vaccine, cancer is actually prevented, sparing a patient painful radiation, chemotherapy or surgery.”

Consider it an investment

“As both a physician and a patient, I understand that preventive exams may seem tedious, and at times, frightening,” Dr. Orr explains. As daunting as these visits might be, they are worth it for securing your future. Most health care plans don’t cover additional costs associated with chronic illnesses. This means that further down the line when you really need it, your health and your savings could be greatly impacted.

Health care has it covered

Dr. Orr believes, “Preventive visits ensure a long and healthy life for the patient and their family. This can include vaccinations, health exams and screenings. Most insurance companies offer free yearly exams and cover both vaccines and preventive cancer screenings.” As long as you see an in-network doctor, you won’t have to worry about a copay or a deductible when it comes to preventive care.

Age determines visit frequency

“Everyone can benefit from preventive care. Depending on the patient’s age and chronic conditions, we may need further testing, including lab tests and imaging. For children, keeping up to date with vaccines can save lives. For adults, we keep a watchful eye out for cancer,” says Dr. Orr. As mentioned before, our bodies change and react differently at various stages of our lives. Your age will determine how often these visits are needed, however, yearly appointments should suffice.

Think about the collective

Hospital care, especially emergency room care, is extremely costly not only for individuals but for the country. Most chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer and stroke are preventable. However, they are the leading causes of death. Simply scheduling and attending preventive doctors’ appointments will help people determine their risk factors and adopt lifestyle changes to keep them out of the emergency room – and keep our collective health care costs low. A great example of health care for the collective involves vaccinations. “When a community vaccinates as a whole, we are keeping one another safe and decreasing the financial toll that communicable disease brings,” says Dr. Orr.

If fear of the outcome of your visit is what’s keeping you from seeing your doctor, don’t be alarmed.

“I assure you that the short physical exam, vaccine poke or simple blood work is worth it. As a physician of Providence, our goal is to provide you with quality care and dedicated service,” encourages Dr. Orr.

If you’re ready to schedule your next preventive visit, get in contact with your local medical provider today.

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