Do you know what needs to be done to take charge of your health this year? With 2022 off to a start, one of the things we should be focused on is making a conscious effort to better prioritize our health. Good health, however doesn’t just come by itself, you have to take steps in pursuing what best for both your mind and body. Here are some ways we can do this:
Get Familiar With Your Healthcare Coverage
When it comes to healthcare coverage, you can’t leave this to chance. Educate yourself on the details of your health benefits. It’s important to understand what is covered and what is not to prepare for healthcare-related cost. It is also important to find out if your preferred health providers are still part of the larger healthcare system that you can access. Sometimes, new healthcare providers are added into the system and some of the existing ones are no longer in-network. If your doctor or healthcare provider is not in the network, there’s a potential to be charged higher fees than you had anticipated. If you have questions about your healthcare coverage or would like to know if you’re provider is in-network, click here.
"Understanding your current health also allows you to make decisions that can lead to better health outcomes in the future."
Choosing a Healthcare Provider
Choosing a primary healthcare provider can be a difficult task due to the choices you have out there but with some research, it doesn’t need to be. Your primary healthcare provider is responsible for most of the non-emergency healthcare needs that you may have for the entire year. He or she is the primary caretaker of your medical records and can also treat day-to-day illnesses and injuries that may occur. There are many factors to consider when choosing a primary healthcare provider including accessibility and comfort level, so make sure to compare providers to ensure that your provider is aligned with your health-related needs.
Take Advantage of Preventive Screenings
Regardless of the health plan that you are on, there’s a good chance that the plan allows for preventive screenings and immunizations. It’s important to take advantage of these services, especially because most of these come at little to no cost to you. Being able to detect health problems earlier can save you thousands of dollars in treatment costs later. Understanding your current health also allows you to make decisions that can lead to better health outcomes in the future. For example, if preventive screening sessions help to address obesity, you may have a chance to lose weight and thus reduce the risk of encountering expensive health conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure.
Leveraging a Health Savings Account
If you are part of a high-deductible health plan, you are able to join and contribute to a Health Savings Account (HSA). These funds roll over year to year and can be withdrawn at any time to help meet health care costs. Having an account like an HSA is great approach to ensuring that any healthcare emergencies (that may arise beyond your health plan coverage) are taken care of.
Healthcare Gone Virtual
Get to know your virtual options. With the emergence of virtual care, you can avoid the inconvenience of the traditional waiting room and have an expert medical professional treat common illnesses and minor injuries via telemedicine. Many virtual visits can bring you greater savings in comparison to the visiting an ER.
Other things that you can do to manage your health in 2022 is to keep physically fit and to ensure that that you eat healthily, check out more health & wellness content here to help you get the most out of your health.
Healthcare is confusing, and we’re on your side. TouchCare is a reliable healthcare concierge service that can help you navigate and understand your benefits, find you high-quality medical providers, manage billing mistakes, and keep your cost low. Our Health Assistants are here to provide you with information and options that allow you to make the most informed decision when it comes to you and your family’s healthcare. Everyone wins when healthcare is accessible.
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