Preventative care is the most important step you can take to manage your health. Many of the top risk factors leading to illness and premature death are preventable. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 7 out of 10 Americans die each year from chronic diseases, many of which are preventable. When preventative care is used and illnesses and diseases are caught early enough, individuals can avoid or better control their health problems. Prevention includes a healthy lifestyle, exercise, diet and other similar efforts.
Preventative care in a medical setting includes a variety of health care services, such as a physical examination, screenings, laboratory tests, counseling and immunizations. According to a recent study, 71% of emergency room visits in the U.S. could have been avoided. Of that 71%, half of those patients had symptoms or injuries that could have been treated at a primary care provider. A primary care provider, also known as a PCP, is often the first point of contact for a patient’s medical and health care needs. A PCP provides preventative health services, initial diagnosis and long-term supervision of your non-emergency health care. A PCP can help you develop an individualized plan, manage chronic disease, promote healthy aging, detect changes in your health and make referrals for future care. For all preventative care needs you are covered under Independence Administrators with a $10 co-pay at the doctor’s office. Use your preventative care benefits to manage your health before it’s too late.
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