Over the past years, the cost of healthcare has been on the rise. People are experiencing higher and higher costs associated with their healthcare needs. With the Baby Boomer generation reaching retirement age, many fear that healthcare costs will raise even more dramatically than in the past. With this in mind, different ideas have emerged for ways to contain these anticipated rising costs. A hopeful solution is for Americans to take more preventative measures with their healthcare. Experts have noticed that adjustments to one trend in particular could play a major role in containing healthcare costs. This trend is the tendency of men to skip their routine doctor’s office visits. “Men are 24% less likely than women to go for their routine check-ups.” Men skipping doctor’s visits hinder preventative healthcare efforts. This in turn could lead to higher healthcare costs for the Baby Boomer generation.
Preventative efforts for your health can treat a medical condition before it becomes a problem. Going to your routine doctor’s visits will boost your chance of detecting a medical condition when it first arises. If you are able to detect the condition early on, you will increase the likelihood that the condition will be treatable. Otherwise, letting the condition go unnoticed and untreated could cause it to turn into a bigger medical concern that could have been prevented. The earlier you find a medical condition, the easier and cheaper it will be to treat it. If you wait until the symptoms are too real and painful to ignore, the conditions have already had time to progressively develop. The treatment of the developed condition is going to be more extensive, and hence, will have higher healthcare costs. If you wait too long to see a doctor, you risk the chance of your condition becoming permanent. Simple preventative doctor’s visits will help to keep medical conditions from going unnoticed.
Depending on your age and your family history of particular diseases, certain tests are more necessary to get routinely at an office visit in order to maintain preventative efforts in your healthcare. The older you are, the more often you should make routine visits and the more tests you should get at each visit. There are simple tests, such as blood pressure and cholesterol screenings, which are important to take routinely at each office visit. Making sure your cholesterol and blood pressure are at the right levels is a basic foundation to good health. Eliminating a simple cholesterol or blood pressure health condition will allow you to focus on other medical conditions that could arise. Routine visits are also very important because it gives you time to talk to your doctor. Routine visits help your doctor to get to know you better. By talking to your doctor and asking questions, you can learn about symptoms you may be experiencing or diseases you may be at risk for based on family history.
There are several ways to take preventative efforts with your health from the beginning. To start, keep yourself healthy and exercise often; do not put yourself at risk for avoidable health problems. There are nine tests you should take routinely to have preventative healthcare: BMI, cholesterol, blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, colorectal cancer, other cancers, STDs, HIV, depression, abnormal aortic aneurysm, diabetes, and tobacco use. Another easy way to start your preventative healthcare is getting the flu shot once annually. This will take you one step close to reducing your risk of getting sick and it will help you get into a more routine healthcare practice.