The Benefits of Preventive Care and Concierge Medicine
Nobody likes to go to the doctor, especially when nothing is wrong. But, did you know that research suggests that regular checkups may help both your wallet and your health?
Here are four reasons to invest in preventive care:
1. Preventive Screenings Increase Life Expectancy
According to research, patients 30 to 49 years of age may significantly increase their life expectancy by taking part in regular preventive health screenings. These screenings (performed by your doctor or coordinated by your doctor with other specialists) can screen for the following:
- Cholesterol and blood pressure
- Depression risk
- Hepatitis C
2. Paying Now Will Stop You From Paying for It Later
Through regular checkups with your primary care physician, you may be able to avoid expensive trips to the hospital in later years. Reason being these visits help promote a healthy lifestyle through consistent counseling on everyday habits, such as healthy eating and exercising. They also allow your doctor to monitor any symptoms you may be experiencing.
By constantly keeping an eye on your behaviors and medical issues, your doctor can intervene early on with conditions that may be developing before they become costly.
3. Your Doctor Knows YOU
Think about it: What could be more personal than your health? Don’t you want a doctor who knows who you are and what you’re about? It will be pivotal down the road when it comes time to making decisions regarding your health and care. You want someone you can trust, who you feel comfortable with and that level of camaraderie takes time.
In addition, a strong bond with your doctor will allow them to notice any changes in your mental, emotional and physical health that you yourself may not even notice. Regular checkups form and reinforce that bond, allowing your doctor to learn more about your health, so they can be on the lookout for the things that are abnormal for you.
4. You Can Be a Champion for Your Own Health
A solid relationship with your doctor allows you to ask the questions you want to ask but are afraid, unmotivated or embarrassed. From eating the right foods to addressing any concerns about your medications to discussing issues in the bedroom, regularly meeting with your doctor affords the opportunity to get answers and keep tabs on your overall health.
Preventive care and a relationship with your doctor are vital components to maintaining health and keeping you from drowning in hospital bills due to ignored symptoms or unforeseen issues. Taking all of that into consideration, it really does make sense to invest in your health, and a concierge approach to your healthcare may be the solution.
With a concierge physician, you’ll receive benefits, including:
- 24/7 access to your doctor, including a personal cell phone number
- Coordination of specialist care, including appointment setup and follow-up consultations
- Same- or next-day appointments with no time limit
- No wait time
- Coordination of emergency and in-patient hospital care
- Pre-travel consultations and out-of-town coordination of care
- Support from office staff regarding insurance companies, gaining access to medical records and filling out paperwork
The money you spend on concierge services is an investment in your health for years to come and may potentially save you thousands along the way.
Take a more proactive approach to your well-being. Think preventive care with a concierge physician. For more information about how you can get started with a concierge healthcare model, contact Healsa today.