In the New Year, many people are making resolutions to be healthier. The first stop on the road to a healthier you should be at your primary care physician’s (PCP) office. Regular visits with your PCP can help identify potential health issues before they become serious, and give you a better chance of recovery if conditions are caught early.
Need some motivation? Adults who have a PCP have 19% lower odds of premature death than those who only see a specialist when a need arises; they also save about 33% on healthcare costs.
In addition to measuring your vital signs and checking for anything unusual, your doctor will recommend screenings, tests, and immunizations that are appropriate for you. These may include:
- Glucose and cholesterol tests
- Flu, hepatitis, MMR, and other immunizations
- Oral health exams
- Imaging studies
- Screenings for various cancers
By seeing your PCP regularly and getting the right health services and screenings, you are taking steps toward living a longer, healthier life. Schedule an appointment with your PCP in the New Year, and encourage your friends and family members to do the same! If you do not have a doctor, consult with your health plan to find one in your area.
John E. Aoki, M.D., CHCQM, FABQAURP
Chief Medical Officer
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