Monday, January 23, 2012

Reactionary vs Preventive Medicine

Our system of health care in the United States is reactionary, meaning our Doctors wait until you show symptoms of a disease and then treat it. Whereas, most other countries practice preventive medicine, inwhich periodic medical exams and tests are performed, trying to prevent disease from starting.
In our practice we believe in preventive medicine, especially with our Diabetic patients, and patients with poor circulation. Education is the key to preventing life threatening conditions from occurring.
Insurance companies are starting to understand the importance of Preventive Medicine check ups, and allowing testing to be performed in the absence of a known disease. They are also seeing monetary savings from these visits.
Take away point: Educate yourself on whatever diseases you may have, be your own health advocate, and if your insurance company does not pay for preventive visits, still have them performed by self paying, it can be one of the greatest investments in your heath.

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