5 Reasons to Schedule a Check-In with a Primary Care Doctor

When was the last time you saw your primary care doctor? Chances are it was when you were feeling sick or needed a new prescription. However, scheduling an annual check-in with your primary care doctor is important, even if you feel completely healthy. Primary care visits are a key part of a wider spectrum of convenient and affordable health care options. Here are five compelling reasons you should schedule a visit soon.

  1. You’ll know the important numbers: Routine check-ups always involve a few simple tests that provide you with the leading metrics you need to understand your health. Having an awareness of statistics like your cholesterol levels and blood pressure is extremely helpful in knowing when you need to tweak your diet or make other lifestyle changes.
  2. It’s part of your plan: As a Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan PPO or Blue Care Network HMO member, you’re able to see your doctor once a year for a routine check-up—and it’s often covered by your health care plan, beyond your normal co-pay cost.
  3. Primary doctors know your history: Your primary doctor understands your medical and family history and, in turn, knows your symptoms and can identify the best treatment plans for you. Moreover, developing an established relationship between you and your doctor can lead to greater trust and understanding.
  4. You’ll get preventive care: Spending an hour a year in your doctor’s office allows you to receive basic testing that helps you keep track of your health. Through routine procedures like blood tests, mammograms and colonoscopies, your doctor can help identify serious diseases early, before you might notice symptoms on your own.
  5. It helps create an updated medical record: If you ever find yourself in the emergency room, you’ll want your medical records to be up-to-date. Visiting your primary care doctor annually means your record will reflect any new symptoms, allergies or prescriptions you’re taking. With this updated information, the doctors treating you can know what’s best for you.

If you’d like to have medical attention and aren’t able to book an appointment with your primary care doctor, there are other tools at your disposal. See how the 24-Hour Nurse Line, retail clinics, Find a Doctor tool, and other health care services are available to you at bcbsm.com/findcare.

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  1. I find it cool that you listed down different advantages of seeing a primary care doctor. My favorite reason is that they can help update one’s medical record for future emergency visits. With these in mind, do you have any tips on how to find one who can serve as a medical guardian of the family? Thanks!

  2. I like what you said about visiting a primary care physician since they’ll be able to give you numbers for your cholesterol and blood pressure. My sister wants to make sure that her numbers are normal in the coming weeks. I’ll share this information with her so that she can look into her options for primary care providers who can help her with this.

    1. Hi Greg! We’re happy to hear that you and your sister are both taking the time to learn more and actively manage your health. We really are our best advocates! – Candice

  3. I like how you said that a good relationship with our doctor will lead to greater trust between us. I’ve been thinking a lot about my health since my birthday earlier this year and think it would give me peace of mind to schedule a checkup with a doctor soon. Thanks for sharing this info so I can be sure to find a doctor in my area I could have a good relationship with.

  4. It’s great to learn that a primary doctor will understand your medical and family history. My wife and I are wanting to get a health check-up and we were wondering what doctor would make an appointment easy. I’ll be sure to tell her that we should go to our primary doctor for ease of access to our medical history.

  5. I’m glad you mentioned that primary care doctors can give preventative care. My sister hasn’t been to a doctor in a long time. I’ll have to help her find a primary care center nearby.

  6. I like how you said that visiting a primary care provider can help you keep track of your health and identify serious issues early on. My sister wants to ensure that her family is perfectly healthy and safe. I’ll suggest that she find a reliable primary care provider for her family that can give them good preventative care.

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