Five Reasons Why You Should See Your Doctor Every Year
As your partners in health, we believe a yearly
visit to your doctor is critical piece to maintaining and managing your health
for the long-term. Our wellness exams at Griffin Faculty Physicians focus on
the prevention of serious diseases,
so you stay healthy, avoid or delay the onset of diseases, and take control of
your health. Here are the top five reasons why you should see your doctor each
- Establish baselines. Getting
a routine physical will help establish a baseline that will aid you and
your doctor in making future healthcare decisions. In addition, having regular check-ups can uncover changes
in your health over time.
- Strengthen relationship between you
and your doctor. People who have a good
relationship with their doctors are more likely to go see them, be honest
with them and listen to their doctor’s advice. To get the most out of your
annual exam, it’s important to talk openly with your doctor so that he or she can
personalize your care.
- Set your health goals and work with your doctor to achieve them. As
your personal care partner, your doctor will play an important role in
helping you set and achieve your health goals for the near and short term.
Similar to financial planning, setting personal health goals is an
important part of planning for your future.
- Educate Yourself. Use the
annual exam to ask questions about your health, and learn more about your
body and what you should be aware of; the more you know, the better you’ll
be able to identify any possible warning signs in the future.
- Discuss Screenings. When it comes to your body,
what you don’t know CAN hurt you. The annual wellness exam is a good time
to talk about what screenings might be right for you, including those that
may not be top of mind, such as a colonoscopy or osteoporosis screening.
Note: If you are a Medicare recipient, you are entitled
to an annual wellness exam at no cost. If you have commercial health insurance,
you are entitled to an annual exam every year or every other year, depending
upon your policy, generally at no cost to you. Please call your insurance
company to clarify any questions about your coverage.