By Mary Tobin-Anderson, MD UP Health System | Lakewood Family Medicine
As we enter the final months of what has certainly been an unprecedented year, health and well-being have perhaps never been more at the forefront of our thoughts. The ongoing pandemic has shown us that it continues to be imperative for us to make our physical health a priority.
Preventive care is a key factor in maintaining your overall health. Annual well visits and health screenings like mammograms and colonoscopies can help you and your provider stay on top of any health issues that may arise before they become serious. They also allow you to develop a good provider-patient relationship and play an important role in helping you stay on the road to good health.
Beyond the importance of preventive care, it’s also a good idea to not delay surgeries or procedures you may need – whether it’s a joint replacement, hernia repair, wound care, or other procedure. Staying on top of needed procedures and avoiding any unnecessary delays can help you get back to doing what you love sooner and help keep further issues or complications at bay.
Want some good news? Taking care of your health can be easier on your wallet than you might assume. In fact, many health insurance plans offer regular wellness exams and other age-specific preventive health screenings at little or no cost to you. And if you’ve already met your health insurance deductible for 2020, your out-of-pocket expenses for procedures could be minimal or even zero!
If you have been putting off any preventive screenings, well visits, or procedures due to concerns over COVID-19 exposure, you are not alone. But you can be assured that UP Health System – Marquette is committed to ensuring a safe place of care for you. From enhanced cleaning procedures, socially distanced public areas, and requiring everyone entering our facility to wear a mask, to daily health screenings for providers and employees and consistent monitoring of supplies, UP Health System – Marquette and our providers are prepared and ready to take care of you.
If you’ve been putting off care, these last months of the year are a great time to schedule your preventive care or procedure – before your insurance deductible resets in January. Call 844.411.UPHS (8747) or visit the Find a Doctor tab at www.mgh.org to set up your appointment today and finish 2020 strong.