Preventive Care and Minimizing Health Costs
The world of health costs can be a mind boggling place. I know that personally, as a college student, its hard to care about health costs. I know that when I’m sick, I go to the doctor and get prescribed a medication and the bill gets sent to my mother. Why should we start caring? Because in the very near future, we will all be on our own, paying our own health care costs.As we enter our later years, we will be more and more at risk for disease. A way that you can lower health costs is by taking advantage of health care benefits for preventive care. You may not know this, but under theAffordable Care Act, preventive visits now do not require a copay. For instance, certain vaccinations, blood pressure screenings, cholesterol screenings, STI screenings and many others are offered free of copay. This is a great opportunity to make sure that you are perfectly healthy and to avoid future costs! Don’t wait to be sick to go to the doctor’s office, you will have a much friendlier relationship and association with healthcare and healthcare providers if you take preventive measures. Take responsibility for your own health and get screenings done! It is much better to know that you are healthy rather than finding out suddenly that something is wrong and have to pay endless copays and out of pocket fees for treatment. These preventive care resources can be specific for men, women and children!
For some great information about the services covered go to the Affordable Care Act website.