In America, many people have a horrible habit of putting off going to see their primary physician for regular checkups. Doctor’s appointments are sadly seen as an unnecessary expense that just gets lost behind everything else. Part of this is because many people don’t think it is financially feasible to go see a doctor, regularly, which is a sad statement about the state of healthcare in this country. However, even if it does add a bit more financial stress, people should consider their health more often and spend the time and money for a doctor’s appointment. Here’s why it’s time to stop putting off your regular checkups…
Makes preventative treatment possible
Seeing your primary physician to get updates about your health allows you to make better lifestyle decisions that make it less likely for you to get certain disorders and ailments. People who see a physician more often are far more likely to engage in preventative care, which means that you are less likely to get the things that are going to break your bank when you try to get treatment. Preventative care isn’t a guarantee that you aren’t going to develop something worse, but it does make it far less likely that you would do so.
Catch ailments, earlier
Cancer is one of the leading causes of medical death in the country. One reason for this is that people put off going to get checked for risky types of cancer until something becomes incredibly noticeable to them in their everyday life. The problem with this is that many types of cancer can already be beyond the point where treatment could help them, by the time people realize they have it. Catching cancer, or other such disorders, earlier gives people a much chance at having a successful treatment, which greatly increases the chances of survival for otherwise fatal diseases.
Increase your life expectancy
One reason that there is a disparity between the life expectancy of different financial classes is because higher income individuals are more likely to go see a doctor more, which statistically makes it more likely that they will live longer. This is definitely due to the economics of healthcare, currently, but people should still do what they can to make it into the doctor, every now and then, because it will statistically increase the likelihood that they will get to spend more time on this world with their loved ones.
Allows you to ask questions
If you have a mysterious pain that is causing you slight discomfort everyday, you probably aren’t going to rush to the doctor to get it looked at. Most people just tend to deal with little things until they become unbearable to the point that they have to go to the doctor. However, you can actually get these little things checked out and addressed if you are regularly going to see a physician, since it affords you the opportunity to ask questions. At the very least, even if it is a little thing that can’t be helped, you will have the peace of mind of knowing that it isn’t something that is going to get worse in the future.
Cheaper in the long run
First off, even though it is more money up front, it makes financial sense and offers better financial security to go see a doctor, regularly, rather than wait until something is ailing you bad enough that you need to go see a doctor. This is because people put off getting treatment for a variety of disorders until the only course of action is to undergo incredibly expensive procedures. This ends up putting people in far more of a financial stranglehold than they would have been if they had been seeing a doctor, regularly, in the first place. These situations have led us to a point, as a country, where medical debt has become the most common cause of bankruptcy.