Taking care of your health is easier than ever
Taking care of you should be at the top of your list. And here’s the good news: Most health plans are required to cover an annual well-woman visit at no cost to you! Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, it’s easier than ever for you to check up on your health.
Here are some of the pertinent quick facts:
Almost one out of three women reports not visiting a doctor because of cost.
More than 75 percent of women 50 to 60 years old have at least one risk factor for heart disease, the most common cause of death in women in the United States.
One out of every two pregnancies is not planned. Women should talk to their doctor about family planning and birth control.
You can choose from any primary care provider or ob-gyn in your health plan’s network without a referral. Before you go to your well-woman visit, remember to:
Bring a list of your medications, the dosage you take and know why you take them.
Know your family’s health history.
Make a list of your questions and concerns.
Once you have your pre-doctor checklist items completed, schedule your visit. A well-woman visit is a time to see your health-care provider to:
Discuss family history, family planning and personal habits, such as alcohol and tobacco use.
Schedule necessary tests, such as screenings for high blood pressure, high cholesterol, sexually transmitted diseases and more.
Set health goals, such as being active and maintaining a healthy weight.