Few things in this world are free and worth doing or having. That is not the case with preventative care which is 100% covered by your insurance. Okay, maybe it’s not technically free, but it’s no additional cost to you and could be the key to keeping your healthy. You say you don’t know what preventative care is all about? Not a problem, let’s take a look at what comprises preventative healthcare and how you can benefit.
What is Preventative Care?
Essentially, preventative care is catching a disease or health issue early through screenings. It’s getting a bug before the bug gets you. Screenings over the past two decades have been proven essential to catching things like cancer in the early stages so that it does not have a chance to metastasize before chemotherapy can begin. The survival rate for most cancers when caught early is upwards of 80%. Beating cancer is reason enough alone for getting a cancer screening.
Screening for heart health can keep clogged arteries from becoming heart failure or even a deadly heart attack. Doctors may suggest a change of diet if you have issues with plaque in your veins or if its more advanced an insertion of a stent may be required. So you can see how catching something like cancer or clogged arteries early can benefit the patient.
What Kinds of Preventative Care are Available?
There are a wide variety of types of preventative care available. Some more specific to women, some tailored to men, and some just for children. Here is a brief list (if we may call it that) of the types of preventative care available.
- Blood Pressure Screenings
- Cholesterol Screenings
- Colorectal Cancer Screenings
- Depression Screenings
- Alcohol Dependency Screenings and Counselling
- HIV Screenings
- Immunization Vaccines
- STD Screenings
- Tobacco Use Screenings
- Diet Counseling
- Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screenings
- Obesity Screenings
- Anaemia Screenings
- Breast Cancer Screenings
- Type Two Diabetes Screenings
- Autism Screenings
- Cervical Cancer Screenings
- Breastfeeding Counselling
- Hearing Screenings
- Dyslipidemia Screenings
- And More
You can clearly see there are more than enough ways to take control of your health with preventative care such as vaccines, changing your diet, and screenings for such things that undetected could bring sudden death like aneurysm screenings. If you are a parent, there is absolutely no excuse for not taking your children to have vaccinations and screenings. You can put them on the road to lifelong health with the proper care.
The Bottom Line
If you are serious about your health, your children’s health, or a loved one’s health, you will take advantage of preventative healthcare. Sure you may have to pee in a cup and have blood drawn from your arm, which granted is not pleasant but could save your life. You will also keep your child from being needlessly ill by taking advantage of all the programs to keep them well at no additional cost. So, if you have insurance either through your employer or you pay for it yourself, you have no excuse not to take full advantage of preventative care.
Protecting your health is important and that is one of the benefits of health insurance.
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