3 steps to take for better health this fall
(StatePoint) As people get back to their fall routines, economic concerns are front and center, and many find themselves spending more time worrying about the health of their business than their own.
According to new research from MDLIVE, an Evernorth company and leading provider of virtual care services, most people (67%) view fall as a time to get back to their routines, indicating that there is a need to redefine priorities, getting kids started in the new school year and getting ready. for winter. However, only 20% of people report being above routine medical visits. Instead, they prioritize the health of their home (71%) and car (63%), more than they focus on routine preventative care for their personal health (57%).
Why are Americans so avoidant when it comes to taking care of their physical well-being? Time, or lack thereof, is a major factor. Although 56% of people agree that postponing their personal health affects their ability to take care of other aspects of their life, 47% say they postpone routine health tasks because they are too busy. Another factor is cost – 39% of respondents say prioritizing health would be too costly or force them to dip into money they have earmarked for other things.
“The majority of people with employer-sponsored health insurance have access to low-cost or free preventative care, and millions of people can now access routine preventative care virtually through their health plan,” said Dr. Vontrelle Roundtree, acting chief medical officer, MDLIVE. “It’s incredibly convenient to fit into busy schedules and allows people to stay on top of important preventative care like wellness screenings and chronic care management.”
According to Dr. Roundtree, there are three simple steps people can take as part of a fall prevention health routine that are inexpensive and time-consuming:
- Track the vaccines: Some experts are predicting a tough flu season combined with the risk of other infectious diseases, while preparing for a possible COVID surge. Getting your flu shot and keeping up to date with COVID reminders is essential.
- Stay on top of screenings: Routine screenings are the first line of defense against many common illnesses, and treating the early signs of these conditions can often prevent them from becoming chronic. However, since COVID began, testing rates for a number of conditions have dropped. Take inventory of all overdue doctor visits or preventative care, such as breast and cervical, colorectal and skin cancer screenings, and take the time to do them.
Check your health plan to see your options, such as virtual wellness screenings that can save you a trip to the doctor and may be offered to you for a $0 copayment depending on your health plan. For example, MDLIVE, a leading US provider of virtual healthcare services, provides convenient and affordable access to 24/7 medical and behavioral care from the comfort of home. More than 62 million people nationwide have access to the service as a covered benefit through their health plans and employers. To learn more, visit mdlive.com.
- Take control of chronic conditions: People with chronic conditions should review their medications and dosages with their doctor to make sure they are up to date and to determine if anything needs to be changed or stopped.
“The fall season, with its focus on new beginnings, is the perfect time to turn your attention to preventative health care,” says Dr. Roundtree. “After all, your health is your most valuable asset.”