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The Importance of Regular Health Check-Ups and How Your Insurance Can Help

  1. Introduction

    1.1 The Importance of Regular Health Check-Ups

    There has been a global awareness about health over the recent two or three years since the outbreak COVID-19. This has resulted in more and more people going in for regular health check-ups or health screening. In fact, this has become an essential part of everyone’s life.[1]

    It not only is a certificate of good health but also helps in detecting many diseases early thereby preventing any complications that may have arisen due to it in the future.[1]

    1.2 How Insurance Can Help With Health Check-Up Costs

    While it is important to have regular health check-ups but they tend to be quite heavy on the pocket. This is where having a healthcare insurance can come to the rescue. Having a health insurance significantly lowers the costs of a regular health checkup and thus makes it more affordable for everyone making people more aware to prioritize their health.[2]

    Most insurance companies cover preventative care including check-ups and screenings which are pivotal in catching any sinister disease early and prevent any complications from arising by providing prompt treatment. There are also some insurance companies which provide incentives for people who go for regular health checkups and provide discounts on gym memberships and the like.[2]

  2. Why Regular Health Check-Ups are Important

    2.1 Benefits of Regular Check-Ups

    The fact that regular health checkup is beneficial in undeniable. Some of the benefits of regular health checkups include

    Early Detection of Health Problems: The primary benefit of a regular health checkup as mentioned above is early detection of disease conditions which may become serious later on. This leads to a better prognostic outcome of the patient.[3]

    Prevention of Disease: Regular checkup also lets the physician know of certain risk factors the patient may have for certain diseases and they can advise the patient on what they can or cannot do to prevent a health concern.[3]

    Personalized Health Advice and Guidance: if a person has a preexisting medical condition, then by going for regular checkups the physician can not only monitor the condition but also help guide the patient on how best to manage the condition.[3]

    2.2 Risks of Not Getting Regular Check-Ups

    It is needless to say that if a person does not get regular health checkups, then many underlying medical conditions may remain undetected until they surface with their accompanying symptoms and associated complications. Additionally, once the disease condition has advanced then the cost of treating that condition also will increase exponentially and this will be a huge burden on the pocket of the patient.[4]

  3. Types of Health Check-Ups

    3.1 Components of a Routine Health Check-Up

    Blood Tests: A routine health checkup comprises of blood test to look for any health issues by checking the cholesterol levels, sugar levels, and whether the thyroid is functioning normally.[5]

    Physical Exam: During a health checkup a physical examination will also be performed of the patient to assess the overall health status of the patient and to look for any potential conditions like hypertension, cardiac problems, and at times even cancer.[5]

    Cancer Screenings: During a health checkup the patient may also undergo regular cancer screening to check if there is development of any malignancy especially if there is a risk factor or a family history of these conditions. The most common screenings done during regular health checkup are mammograms and colonoscopies to tule out any malignancies in the breast or colon.[5]

    Other Tests: During a health checkup the patient may also undergo other screenings and tests depending on the age, gender, and overall health status and risk factors.[5]

  4. How Insurance Can Help Cover the Health Check-Up Costs?

    4.1 Explanation of How Insurance Can Help with the Cost of Regular Check-Ups Such as Through Preventative Care Benefits or Wellness Programs

    There are many insurance companies that provide preventative care benefits through which the patient may undergo preventative care at a much lower cost. These benefits include annual wellness visits, lab tests, and cancer screenings.[1]

    The Affordable Care Act in certain scenarios instructs insurance companies to cover preventative care without any cost-sharing by the patient. This means that the patient can have preventative care without paying any co-pay or deductibles.[1]

    Additionally, some insurance companies offer wellness programs that provide incentives to individuals who go for regular checkups for prioritizing their health by way of discounts and other perks for completing certain health-related challenges like getting regular check-ups.[1]

    In cases of people with lifestyle habits that puts them at risk for certain conditions these insurance companies provide resources and support for these individuals to make positive lifestyle changes for overall improvement of their health and well-being.[1]

    4.2 Discussion of How Insurance Coverage Varies Depending on the Type of Plan and Provider and How to Determine What is Covered

    Here it is important to understand that insurance coverage for regular checkup is variable and depends in the plan that the person chooses. There may be some plans that require the patient to pay up an amount as co-pay for health checkup and some plans may not.[6]

    So, it is important to have a thorough knowledge of what is covered and what is not when it comes to choosing a healthcare insurance plan. Additionally, the person can contact the insurance company directly to ask about what type of checkup is covered in their plan.[6]

  5. How to Schedule Regular Check-Ups

    5.1 Suggestions for Making Regular Check-Ups a Habit Such as Scheduling Appointments in Advance, Finding a Healthcare Provider That You Trust, and Setting Reminders for Yourself

    While it is easy to say that regular health checkup is important and needs to be a part of a habit there are very few people who actually go for regular health check-ups. However, there are certain tips through which regular health checkup can be made a habit. This includes scheduling physician appointments well in advance and setting up an alert on the phone so that you do not miss any appointments.[1]

    Additionally, it is equally important to find a healthcare provider that is in the insurance plan with whom the patient feels comfortable with and completely trusts that provider. This allows the patient to discuss with the physician his or her condition more freely and makes the whole process much less stressful for the patient.[1]

  6. Conclusion

    To summarize, regular health checkup is a must in today’s age and time. This is extremely crucial for the overall good health and well-being of an individual. Getting regular checkup plays a vital role in preventing or delaying the onset of many diseases of which the patient may not be even aware that he or she was at risk for.[1]

    Additionally, through regular checkup a person can detect many serious conditions very early and prevent any complications from arising which otherwise might have been potentially serious.[1]

    The insurance companies also realize the importance of increasing awareness of prioritizing health in people and not only cover regular health check-ups but also have started to incentivize people who go for these check-ups by way of discounts.[1]

    However, it is very important to understand the insurance plan to have knowledge about what all is covered and what is not so that there is minimal to no out-of-pocket expense on the part of the patient which may otherwise prevent him or her from going for regular health checkup.[1, 2]


Team PainAssist
Team PainAssist
Written, Edited or Reviewed By: Team PainAssist, Pain Assist Inc. This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer
Last Modified On:April 23, 2024

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