Why you shouldn’t just see your doctor when you are sick or dying - why regular health checks can save your life!

   

Jade Poole from I Write Words

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Prevention really is the best cure when it comes to routine healthcare - what you need to know to about staying healthy today to save you from massive medical bills in the future

So many people only see their doctor when they are sick or dying. As scary as that sounds, it’s the truth.

The thing is…

By going to your doctor once a year you can lower your risk of a number of conditions and diseases as your doctor will be able to pick up on any potential infections or issues (such as heart disease) and treat them before they get worse.

After reading this, you might be thinking…”I can’t afford to go to the doctor”, and sadly, so many of us can’t. That’s why we are left to only seek medical attention at public hospitals, which comes with its own risks.

How to afford private healthcare

We know about medical aid. But have you heard of health insurance?

Health insurance is like medical aid, but it is more affordable and is a form of short-term insurance. This means that it promises to cover your medical bills for a specified amount (outlined in your policy). So basically, the amount of cover you have is capped, for example, Oneplan’s Blue Plan covers you for up to R 330 per visit to the doctor. Pretty cool that you are covered for doctor visits too, right?

Anyways, there are specified limits to your cover. Which means you will know exactly how much you are covered for and for what.

Did I mention that our most basic plan only costs you R365 a month and this includes amazing cover for routine care too!

The benefits of regular health check-ups

1. Save money on medical bills in the long run

For those of you who don’t have health insurance - this one is for you!

A doctor’s bill can be scary to anyone without any form of medical cover.

If you want to cut back on the costs of healthcare, then having a regular health screening will help.

By going for regular check-ups with your doctor, he or she can pick up any serious diseases or conditions that could cost you thousands in the future if not treated right now.

2. Detect and treat serious diseases

By going to see your doctor, he or she can diagnose diseases before they get worse.

Doctors can advise you on what tests to have done based on your gender, medical history, age and lifestyle choices. For example, he might screen you for diabetes if you have blood sugar issues, or check for cancer if you have a family history of the condition.

3. Blood tests to diagnose health issues

Blood tests are often done to eliminate the risk of any diseases that might show up in your blood.

These include:

●     Diabetes

●     Cholesterol

●     High blood pressure

●     HIV/AIDS

●     Coronary heart disease

Blood tests can also help in evaluating how parts of your body are functioning such as your heart, thyroid, kidneys and liver.

4. Identify diseases related to stress you might not know you have!

We live in an incredibly fast-paced world. With busy work schedules and social lives, we often battle to find enough time in the day to get everything done.

Stress can lead to a number of health issues such as:

●     Depression

●     Heart disease

●     Weight issues

●     High blood pressure

●     Digestive issues

●     Asthma

Your doctor will be able to run some tests to find out if stress is negatively impacting your life, and suggest how to treat it if it is.

5. Prevention is the best cure

By going for regular health checks, you can help detect any serious signs of diseases which could result in severe medical issues.

For example, by finding out you have high cholesterol and treating it, this could save your life in preventing a heart attack in the future.

Yes, it’s that serious!

Every year you should make an appointment to see your doctor for screening tests and a check-up to make sure you are healthy.

We care about your health and want to make sure you can receive the best private healthcare in South Africa, which is why we made health insurance that is affordable, simple and hassle-free.

Yours in health,

Oneplan



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