Regular health check ups are a great opportunity to develop a relationship with your doctor before you get sick and can help you prevent illnesses and manage chronic diseases. When was the last time you saw YOUR doctor? Schedule an appointment today.
Annual checkups. Traditionally, these visits have involved running tests and looking for things that might be wrong, particularly if you have a current health problem or symptoms that might indicate that you are ill. However, if you’re healthy and have no signs of illness, you may still want to schedule regular checkups with your doctor. In fact, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services specifically recommends annual well-woman visits, which include a Pap test, pelvic exam and preventive care.
It’s important to find a doctor who listens to your individual questions and concerns.
Checkups are an opportunity to discuss your overall lifestyle, family history of disease, weight, blood pressure, vaccinations and whether disease screening is right for you. A checkup is also a great opportunity to develop plans to prevent future health problems. For example, your doctor may provide recommendations and resources to help you lose weight or quit smoking. It’s comforting to have a doctor who knows all about you — including your personal health history and health care preferences — in the event you do become ill.
Routine visits with your health care provider can help find problems early or prevent health problems before they occur. If problems are found early, they may be easier to treat and less likely to pose serious risks to your health.
Do One Thing: Schedule a checkup with your doctor. If you haven’t seen your doctor recently, schedule a consultation and discuss your family history, risk factors for disease, and recommendations for vaccinations and screenings. If you don’t have a primary health care provider, ask friends and family members for recommendations, and find a doctor you feel comfortable with, who will listen to your questions and concerns.
MERCY PRIMARY CARE physicians are ready to take care of you and your family’s health care needs.
Everyone should have a primary care physician. Our board certified family medicine physicians provide long-term health care in non-emergency situations, treating common conditions and helping connect you with specialists, if necessary.
If you have a primary care physician, you are more likely to:
* Have chronic disease under control
* Have lower overall health care costs
* Experience higher satisfaction with care
* Receive recommended preventive screenings, tests and vaccines
* Receive preventive care, which results in earlier diagnosis and treatment of health problems and overall better health
To view a complete list of all Mercy Primary Care physicians, visit www.cantonmercy.org/primary-care.