Employee and individual health costs continue to rise every year. Medicare costs are on the same trend. We are blessed to live in a community with access to great doctors and quality hospitals but the current trend proves providing medical care for the ill alone can’t build a healthy community.
With the recent changes in how health plans and Medicare pay for preventative care, now is the perfect time to get to know your health risks before they turn into illnesses. Doctors recommend screening tests based on your age and family history so the screenings you need depend on “you.”
Preventative services are now paid for by health plans and Medicare, with no co-payments or deductibles. In addition, patients with health plan coverage or Medicare are eligible for an annual physician “wellness visit” at no charge.
A visit to your family physician or internal medicine physician for a wellness check up is the first step to take advantage of affordable and accessible wellness and disease prevention programs.
Nothing is more important to our community than the health of each one of our citizens.
To keep our community healthy in both body and mind, we need to encourage area residents get the best possible care when they get sick. Doctors and hospitals are here for that reason too but the most effective and the most affordable health care supports keeping people from getting sick in the first place.
We’ve taken a momentous step forward in transformation from a sick-care system to a true health-care system, one that has an emphasis on prevention, health promotion and wellness.
By moving toward illness prevention, disease can be avoided or treated early.
Quite simply, prevention is an investment in the future health of our community. This approach can put us on a pathway toward improving the health and quality of life for individuals and families everywhere.
Have you scheduled your physician wellness visit this year?
Kristi Trimm is a family medicine physician with Lee’s Summit Medical Center.