Preventative care: saves lives and dollars!
Many people associate health care with high prices. However there are ways to lower your costs, like taking advantage of preventative health services. Many health plans cover the co-insurance and copayments that is associated with preventative services because it costs much less to prevent illness then to treat it. Preventative care can save you money by limiting your sick days and preventing costly doctors visits.
Preventative services include things such as flu shots and other immunizations, cholesterol screenings, diabetes screenings, or sexually transmitted infection screenings. By taking advantage of these services you are much less likely to get an illness, and will be alerted you if you have risk factors. Check out: Healthcare.gov for a complete list of copay free preventative services.
There are also things you can do yourself to keep your health in check. You can periodically record your weight using a simple bathroom scale. Make sure you are staying hydrated by drinking plenty of water each day (men=13 cups, women=9 cups). Women can administer self breast exams. Be sure to practice good dental hygiene. Everyone should check for moles or beauty marks changing shape or color. Don’t forget to wear sunscreen! By doing these easy self-screenings and preventative measures you are staying in charge of your health and can detect something in its earliest stages. It is then important to see your doctor if you have any health concerns.
Preventative services help to keep you living a healthy life by preventing disease and save you money!
Be involved in your health and wellbeing! Take advantage of preventative care!
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