Routine Healthcare: Why You Need To Invest In Your Health


Jade Poole from I Write Words


It’s easy to underestimate the importance of routine healthcare. The saying, “prevention is better than cure” rings true when it comes to your overall health and wellbeing. We investigate the importance of preventive health care when it comes to doctor visits and check-ups.

In today’s modern world, we are all becoming more and more educated on the importance of a healthy lifestyle.

Gone are the days when gluten and carbs were good for you (so long peanut butter sandwiches for lunch). We now open the door to whole grains, steamed veggies, vitamins and green smoothies.

A new era of healthy living

We are all slowly educating ourselves on what it means to live a healthy lifestyle and how this can result in a longer, happier and healthier life. Our risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes and the number of other chronic diseases are reduced when we lead a healthy lifestyle. We sleep better, see the doctor less and our mood is boosted.

Sounds pretty simple, right?

All you have to do is eat right, workout a few times a week and this is the magic formula to a healthy life.

If only it were that easy.

It takes more than a healthy lifestyle

It turns out, it takes more than just a jog and some green smoothies to sort out your health. You also need to ensure you have regular check-ins with your doctor so that he or she can detect any underlying issues before they become more serious.

What is preventive healthcare?

Preventive healthcare is about living a healthy life by following a healthy diet and regularly exercising. But it is also about focusing on early detection and disease prevention.

You need to know your health status through regular doctor visits. These include tests that will measure your BMI (Body Mass Index), blood pressure and other important health exams.

Through various wellness screenings and check-ups with your doctor, this means you can keep your health in top form and any potential concerns can be quickly and easily detected.

Detecting a disease or serious illness will help improve your health and your bank account.

Why routine and preventive care is important

Think about it this way, you take your car for regular services, right? If you do, you are probably saving yourself a lot of money in the long run for bigger fixes and issues.

This is because when you ensure your care is routinely cared for and looked after, this stops any serious damage from taking place under the hood.

If you heard a funny noise in your engine and waited until the engine light came on and the car started smoking, then this is likely to result in some serious damage and repair bills.

The same thinking applies to your health.

When you regularly see your doctor then you could save yourself from the surprise costs of unexpected medical bills down the line.

Health insurance with routine care benefits

We all know how expensive routine care is. A visit to the doctor can set you back R400 or more.

And that’s not including the prescription medication and any additional tests such as X-rays or blood tests.

Having access to private healthcare is vital when it comes to ensuring your health is taken care of, but a number of people will avoid their doctor in hopes of avoiding the bill too. And the thing is, this can result in an even greater medical bill in the long run.

The simple and effective solution to this (and the affordable alternative to medical aid), is health insurance.

With Oneplan, our health plans are much more than just hospital plans. Each one of our healthcare plans includes cover for GP visits, prescription medication and other healthcare costs such as Pathology (blood tests), Radiology (X-rays), Optometry and Dentistry.

We also include incredible cover for accidents, illnesses and even maternity care.

Any doctor of your choice and get paid before the doctor

With us, you can go to any doctor of your choice and the best part is that we even pay you BEFORE you see the doctor.

How we do this is using our Onecard (when you become a member of our Oneplan Family we will send you your very own Onecard).

Before you visit the doctor, all you have to do is preload your claim (using the Oneplan App) and we will transfer the funds to this card within seconds.

You then use this card to swipe at your doctor’s office and insert your pin, as you would a debit card.

Have a look at our range of plans right here. We designed our plans to suits all lifestyles and budgets. You are bound to find something that suits your needs.

Still not convinced? Have a look at our blog: 3 Reasons To Choose Oneplan: Health Insurance That Makes Your Life Easier & Puts Your Health First.

Stay healthy with health insurance that pays you before you see the doctor.

Yours in hassle-free health insurance,


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