Why You Don’t Need To Hide From The Doctor

When it comes to your health, having a primary care physician (PCP) might be one of the most important relationships you can have. Not all health plans require you to have a PCP — so you should check your benefit documents to see if you need a PCP. But even if it’s not required, having a doctor who gets to know all aspects of your health is worthwhile. Still, some of us avoid the doctor’s office like the plague.

If that’s you, maybe it’s time to ask yourself: What’s holding me back? Does this sound familiar?

I’m healthy, so why bother?
It’s a good question. Here’s the answer: Primary doctors don’t just treat illnesses. If you’re healthy now, they may help you stay that way.

For example, your PCP might help you:

  • Get recommended screening tests for diseases like cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure and other conditions that may run in your family.
  • Keep up-to-date on your shots. (They’re not just for kids.)
  • Make healthy choices — like eating right, exercising and managing stress.

And keep in mind: Some diseases don’t have any symptoms at first. Routine checkups may give your PCP a chance to find them early — when treatment may work best.

Doctors make me uncomfortable.
Health care is personal. So it’s important to find a doctor you trust and feel comfortable talking with. It might take some searching to find the right fit — but it’s worth the time.

When choosing a PCP, you might start by asking family or friends for recommendations. Find out what they like about their doctors. You might like the same things — or it may give you ideas about other qualities you’re looking for.

Here are a few more tips for finding the right match.

It takes too long to get an appointment.
We understand there may be a wait to see your primary doctor. Keep in mind: Some doctors offer same-day appointments and expanded office hours for people with minor illnesses or injuries. So it’s always a good idea to call your primary doctor first.

But if you’re sick and your doctor isn’t available, there are other quick-care options that may save you up to $1,500 on care.

This blog was originally posted by United Healthcare.