- Never miss your annual check-ups. Your annual physical is a great opportunity to establish the overall state of your health. To prevent you from forgetting when it’s time to have one, schedule your appointment around your birthday every year.
- Don’t skip primary care visits thinking you’ll just go to the Emergency Room if you get sick. You could end up owing thousands of dollars for that trip to the ER! Having a primary care provider is more cost-effective and ensures continuity of care.
- If you don’t have a health insurance plan and can’t afford to pay for one, visit www.healthcare.gov to find out if your state has expanded Medicaid, and if it does, you will be redirected to the appropriate website for the application process.
- If you are not eligible for health coverage, search for Federally Qualified Health Centers in your area. The federal government provides funding to more than 1.2 million community organizations nationwide to provide healthcare services, along with education and social services, to low-income individuals regardless of their ability to pay. To find one near you, visit https://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/.
- Take care of your own health first. A healthy you will help guarantee a healthy family.
For more health tips for you and your family, please visit the Mary’s Center blog at www.maryscenter.org/blog .