Preventative Care and Why It Matters

A lot of people live by the motto that if it's not broken, it doesn't need fixing. The problem, though, is that without routine checkups and regular care, you might not even know if something is broken in the first place. Most people within our age group are retired and have Medicare or another private insurance. Therefore, it would seem that preventative care was a standard thing. The problem is that a lot of people don't bother to take the time to get this care.

It's not fun to go to the doctor all the time. I get it. Having all these appointments to keep track of can be a pain. Your health isn't about having a good time, though. We've all heard the speeches before. There are a lot of things that can go wrong and you won't be able to know that there's a problem until it's too late. I'm not here to lecture you like that. I just want you to understand that getting a checkup, even if it's only every so often, can help you immensely when it comes to your health. Not only does it keep you well, but it can catch things early and help you avoid serious complications.

Preventative care was my biggest area of interest when I was working in the health industry for so many years. I couldn't get beyond the fact that it was such a critical part of wellness for so many people, but most insurance companies at the time didn't bother to provide coverage. Of course, 30 years ago you could go to the doctor on your own dime for a reasonable price. Today, that's hardly an option for a lot of people. The costs of healthcare are getting to an astronomical point and while people still need the care, they don't need the huge bills.

You know what your health is like. You know what can happen if you don't go to the doctor regularly. It's not my job to preach to you about it. I just want you to think about how that one extra appointment, or those few extra checkups, might save you a lot of hassle, health problems, and stress down the road. I know everyone has seen some type of miracle story out there about how a checkup could have saved their lives, but the only reason you hear so much about this is because it's the truth. Use the insurance that you have to the fullest extent you can. That's what it's there for.