People go to the doctor for all kinds of reasons.
Some go because they’re sick or are experiencing symptoms of a health condition. Other times, people just go in for routine checkups.
Whatever your reason, it’s a good idea to schedule doctor’s appointments regularly and to actually keep those appointments. Doing so will help you to maintain good health throughout your life.
Know that Appointments Can be Hard to Come By
One thing you should understand about your Dr’s appointment is that these appointments are not always easy to come by.
Doctors, especially good ones, are very busy and often get booked for several weeks at a time. For this reason, unless it’s an emergency, you’ll typically have to book your appointment well in advance.
When you book your appointment, be careful not to book on a date you have other things going on.
Ask yourself “Do I have any appointments today other than this one?”. Once you’ve checked for any conflicts, you can book your appointment. Be sure to write the appointment date down somewhere so you don’t forget.
Better yet, send an email or online calendar reminder to yourself about your appointment. That way, you won’t forget.
If for any reason you can’t make your appointment, cancel as soon as possible and reschedule right away.
See Your Doctor Regularly and As Recommended
In addition to being careful about keeping your appointments, you may be wondering how often you should have appointments.
When it comes to the question of how often should you get routine checkups at the doctor, the answer is at least once a year for most people.
In some cases, your doctor may prescribe more regular checkups, such as when you’re battling a health condition, or you need to have procedures done. Always follow your doctor’s orders and instructions to maintain the best health.
You may also be wondering “How often should you get a pap smear?” After you reach the age where you need them. Generally, one is recommended every three years, but as is the case with a traditional doctor, always follow what your doctor says even if it means going more often than the average person.
In addition to your annual checkups, you should, of course, see a doctor if you fall ill or have other health concerns. It’s always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to the doctor. Plus, if you have good insurance and are seeing an in-network doctor if applicable, you really don’t have much to lose by seeing a doctor often.
General Tips for Dealing with Your Doctor
In addition to following the tips and advice already presented here, there are many other things you can do to help you get the most out of each interaction with your doctor.
One helpful thing is to keep a list of any health concerns that pop up, as well as any questions that spring to mind.
Life is busy, and it’s easy to forget the things you want to talk with your doctor about at your next appointment. If you have them all down on paper (or in a note on your phone), you should get all those important talking points in.
Another thing to remember is to always be honest with your doctor about everything.
So many people tend to lie about how much they’re smoking or drinking or about other bad habits in their lives. Don’t.
In order for your doctor to accurately assess your health and help you – you have to be honest. Remember, your doctor is not there to judge you but to help you make the healthiest decisions possible.
Finally, just as your doctor assesses your health, you should always be assessing your doctor and making sure you’re satisfied. Are you getting quality care and attention? Are your questions being answered? Is it easy to book appointments?
Constantly think about the quality of care you are receiving. And, if it ever drops below your standards, remember that it’s okay to find a new doctor. After all, your health is the most important thing you possess, and it’s your job to take care of it.
With all that said, if you can keep these tips in mind and work with a qualified doctor in the process, there is no reason you shouldn’t stay very healthy for the rest of your life.