Men are often mum when it comes to their health. A Cleveland Clinic survey found that that 40% of men don’t get yearly checkups from their doctor. And only 12% said their doctor is the first person they turn to when they have a health issue (hint – that number should be MUCH higher!).
Your health isn’t something to take for granted. If you aren’t feeling like yourself, you need to get to a doctor. And it’s really important that you go to a doctor regularly for preventive care, even if you feel healthy.
“Checkups and routine screenings can uncover health problems early, when they’re easier to treat,” said Dr. Wayne Rawlins, vice president and chief medical officer at ConnectiCare.
What to expect at a checkup
Your doctor will want to hear about your health history and any problems or concerns you have. He or she will ask about your lifestyle, including exercise and diet. Screenings may include:
- Blood pressure and cholesterol: important for early detection of heart disease.
- Colorectal cancer (ages 50+): can be prevented in many cases through regular screenings. 90% of cases are diagnosed in individuals 50 and older.
- Diabetes: early detection means there is more time to take steps to be healthier, like making changes to your diet, exercising more or taking medicine
- Behavioral health (including depression and sleep disorders): these are more common than you may think. And they may be treatable.
There may be other screenings you need, too. “Don’t worry, many screening tests are simple and quick, and can be done right in your doctor’s office,” said Dr. Rawlins. Talk to your doctor about which are right for you.
Did we mention checkups are free?*
Yup! As a ConnectiCare member, you can get a free checkup each year.* And many important screenings (and vaccines, like the flu shot) are covered at 100%, too.
Sometimes preventive visits, tests or screenings can lead to other tests or procedures that aren’t considered preventive. In that case, you may pay some or all of the cost for the service. Using in-network doctors and facilities can help lower your costs, because ConnectiCare has negotiated rates for our members.
Your benefit summary explains how much you’ll pay for different services and prescriptions. For more on that, check out our post, Is it free for me?
* The benefits described above apply to ConnectiCare plans sold to individuals under age 65 and employer groups. Check your benefit summary for information about your specific plan. You can find your benefit summary after you log into connecticare.com.
“Free” preventive care means that you will not have a copay or have to pay money toward your deductible or coinsurance for the services. Sometimes a preventive care visit leads to other medical care or tests, even at the same appointment. You should check with your doctor or doctor’s staff during your visit to see if there are services you may be billed for.