For many people
• choosing the correct healthcare insurance,
• navigating through websites and
• attempting to speak to a representative
is a daunting and unpleasant experience.
Every adult over the age of 18 should see their primary care physician at least once a year.
It’s like taking your car for an oil change, you do not want to wait until your oil light is on, and your car feels sluggish.
It is important to see a physician annually and get an annual tune up, regardless of how good you feel.
Annual check-ups include:
• All vitals: Blood Pressure, Temperature, Pulse, height and weight
• Blood work: CBC, Comprehensive Metabolic panel, Lipid panel fasting, thyroid panel including TSH, PSA- for men over 50 or who have urinary problems, Urinalysis.
• If there is a history of diabetes check a Hemoglobin A1C.
• If you’re sexually active, a full STD check. Even if you’re monogamous, getting at least your HIV status confirmed is a good thing… never hurt anyone to confirm.
Women over the age of 40:
• Annual Mammogram!
• If there is a strong history of breast cancer in the family mammograms should start 10 years prior to the age when the family member was diagnosed with cancer.
• Or, annual Breast sonograms for young/child bearing females.
New guidelines for screening for Cervical Cancer:
• Every woman between the ages of 21-65 should have a pap smear every 3 years.
Every man and woman should have a colonoscopy starting at age 50.
• If there is a strong history of colon cancer in the family start screening 10 years before the age of the family member at diagnosis.
• If the test is normal, follow up is every 7-10 years.
Every healthcare plan should offer everyone the basics as mentioned above: annual labs, urine and screening tests.
If they don’t pay for the basics, do you think they will pay for anything else?