How often should I see my doctor?

Has it been a long time since you’ve seen a medical professional? A year? Five years? Chances are, it might be time to make an appointment. But how can a person decide how often they should see a doctor?

Use these tips to determine if it’s time to make an appointment:

  1. If you can’t remember the last time you saw a doctor, it’s time to make an appointment. A physical exam can help screen for risk factors for serious illness and chronic conditions.
  2. If anything has changed in your health since the last time you’ve seen a doctor, it’s time to make an appointment. Maybe it’s a pain you’ve been ignoring, hoping it would go away. If there is something bothering you that hasn’t resolved itself, it’s best to get it checked out by a professional.
  3. If your doctor asked you to follow up with them, and you missed your appointment, heed their advice. If you’re not sure when you were supposed to come back in for an appointment, call your doctor’s office and ask. Your primary care provider will let you know at the end of your appointment whether you should come back in six months, a year, or sooner.
  4. If your family history has changed significantly, it’s a good time to tell your primary care provider. Knowing your family history can help your doctor screen you for certain illnesses or diseases that could help save your life.

Everyone’s health is different and every person will have a different timeline for how often they should see their doctor. It’s important that you establish a strong relationship with your primary care provider, and also to keep them informed of changes in your health.

If you need to find a primary care provider, use our online Find a Doctor tool or call 906.228.9440 to schedule an appointment today.

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