Regular Medical Check-Ups – Do You Need Them?  Advice from the Doctors at South Tampa Immediate Care

Paradoxically, despite the widespread availability of health information today, some people simply dread going to the doctor and will avoid it altogether—unless something is obviously and terribly wrong—even though they may have money, health insurance, and access to excellent medical centers.  But by detecting and preventing future problems, routine medical examinations, screenings, and tests can help ensure a longer, fuller, and more productive life.

Consider the following benefits of regular medical check-ups:

  • regular-medical-checks-bigstock-dr-with-young-womanYou and your doctor will establish a rapport, which will make you feel more comfortable when you need to discuss an intimate medical issue.

  • You can make sure that your prescriptions and vaccinations are kept up to date.

  • If your doctor is familiar with your history and family background, he may be able to help you prevent a disease to which you are genetically predisposed.

  • Routine screenings can often detect problems before they have an opportunity to advance and result in serious or life-threatening complications.

  • Many serious illnesses, such as cancer, heart disease, osteoporosis, and diabetes, respond better to treatment when diagnosed at an early stage.

  • Some diseases have no symptoms, so even though you may feel fine, your body may have already undergone damage.

  • Preventive medicine saves money in the long run, because when chronic conditions are undiagnosed and permitted to develop, costly treatment is often required.

  • You will create a basis for comparison that your doctor can utilize to monitor changes from visit to visit.

  • You will receive first-hand knowledge and information on the latest developments in the medical field.

  • You may feel inspired to make positive lifestyle choices and take steps to maintain or improve your health.

So, how often should you visit your doctor for a check-up?  The answer depends on a number of factors, including your age, overall health, family history, lifestyle, and medical insurance coverage.  Generally, most insurance companies will cover the cost of a medical examination every few years for younger people, and more often as you age.  Taking advantage of the preventive care available through your health plan is a wise choice.

You may be tempted to forego your medical check-up in order to save time or money.  Don’t do it!  Investing in your health and well-being should be your top priority—it is the best thing you can do to ensure a long, active, and happy life.  Further, the knowledge that you are healthy will serve to boost your energy level and overall sense of well-being.  Indeed, this is the most important investment you will ever make.

If you are in need of a personal physician, consider visiting South Tampa Immediate Care for your medical check-up.  Our walk-in clinic is centrally located on South Howard Avenue in South Tampa, Florida, and convenient to patients throughout Tampa, Clearwater, St. Petersburg, Brandon, and the Greater Tampa Bay area.  With us, you never need an appointment—our experienced, Board-certified doctors will see you on your schedule, seven days a week.  Contact us to learn more about the wide variety of services we offer, and how we might be right for you and your family.