Many people are proud of being able to claim that they never go to the doctor. In some ways this is good news because it means they have no illness needing medical attention. But it might mean that they are missing out on some important preventive checks, which can help keep them healthy. These checks include:
Pap smear and breast examination (for women);
vaccination status (for example, pertussis [whooping cough] boosters are recommended if you have close contact with young children, and measles vaccination is recommended if you were born before 1966 and were not fully vaccinated as a child);
blood sugar level to check for diabetes; and
faecal occult blood test in those over 50 to look for early signs of bowel cancer.
Health checks can be very important in preventing problems or detecting them in the early stages.
Remember: you don't have to be ill to see the doctor once in a while; and doctors like seeing their healthy patients as well as their sick ones.
St.LukesHealth has been providing private health insurance to Australians since 1952. As a non profit organisation our focus is on our members. We at St.LukesHealth are helping them stay healthy, get well and live better.