Empowering Your Health in 2024

February 1, 2024
Posted in Blog
February 1, 2024 TouchCare Team

If you’ve slipped a bit on your New Year’s resolution, there’s no need to worry—it’s never too late to reignite your health journey. Let’s actively prioritize our well-being moving forward. With TouchCare by your side, navigating all things healthcare has never been more seamless. Read below to learn how!

The Power a PCP

A great way to get started on your healthy journey is by finding a primary healthcare provider and scheduling your annual physical. A PCP offers a range of essential services, including vaccinations, screenings, and health assessments aimed at identifying potential health issues before they escalate, preventing you from costly emergency visits down the line. They actively educate and guide you in adopting healthy lifestyle changes to optimize your overall well-being. PCPs play a vital role in both identifying and treating common medical conditions. Additionally, they assess the urgency of your medical concerns, guiding you to the most appropriate care setting. In instances requiring specialized attention, your PCP can facilitate referrals to medical or surgical specialists.  Don’t know where to start when it comes to finding a healthcare provider? TouchCare members can get in touch with a Health Assistant by clicking here to find a provider that works for you (they can even schedule the appointment!).

Preventive Screening Goes A Long Way

Regardless of your health plan, it’s likely that it allows for preventive screenings and immunizations at little or no cost to you. Early detection of health issues can result in significant savings on future treatment expenses. Having a clear understanding of your current health status empowers you to make informed decisions that can contribute to improved health outcomes down the line. For instance, participating in preventive screening sessions targeting obesity provides an opportunity to address weight concerns, potentially lowering the risk of developing costly health conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure.

Know Before You Go

Take the proactive step of familiarizing yourself with the details of your health benefits. Understanding what is covered and what is not will empower you to anticipate and prepare for potential healthcare-related costs. It is also important to find out if your preferred health providers are still part of the larger healthcare system that you can access. Changes can occur, with new providers added and existing ones possibly transitioning out of the network. Being informed about these adjustments is crucial, as consulting a doctor or healthcare provider outside the network may result in unexpectedly higher fees. If you have questions about your healthcare coverage or would like to know if your provider is in-network, our Health Assistants are here to save you time and do the research for you!

Healthcare Gone Virtual

Thanks to the rise of virtual care, you can sidestep the inconvenience of the conventional waiting room and receive expert medical attention for common illnesses and minor injuries through telemedicine from the comfort of your home or office. Opting for virtual visits can often result in more significant cost savings and waiting times compared to a trip to the emergency room. Medical providers are board-certified and licensed so you get the same level of quality care that you would in a doctor’s office. 

Uncover Hidden Benefits

For individuals prioritizing their fitness routine this year, don’t forget to see if your employer-sponsored benefit offerings include gym reimbursements. Additionally, certain employer offerings go above and beyond in providing mental health services. These could encompass group counseling, individual therapy, free access to mental health apps, and various resources aimed at promoting mental well-being.

Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) and Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) are another benefit offering that can save you money in healthcare by allowing you to contribute pre-tax dollars to cover eligible health-related expenses. These accounts provide a financial cushion for out-of-pocket costs, reduce taxable income, and empower individuals to manage and save for their healthcare needs efficiently.

We know that healthcare can be confusing, but with TouchCare by your side, the journey becomes clearer. Our Health Assistants are ready to guide you through understanding your benefits, finding quality providers, and making informed decisions for your family’s healthcare while saving you time, money, and worry. Take the first step towards a healthier you – reach out to us today.

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