We all know that getting sick is no fun. You feel lousy, but usually avoid going to the doctor because of the hassle and expense. You try to tough it out as long as you can, but eventually, there comes a point when you start to think—it’s time to see a doctor.
Then you spend several nerve-wracking hours in a hospital emergency room or urgent care clinic, worried that you—or worse, your child or family member—is terribly sick.
What if there was another way? What if you could avoid some of these last-minute trips to the E.R.?
While you can’t always prevent getting sick, there is a lot you can do to keep yourself and your family healthy.
It starts by being proactive. By learning about any issues you and your family may have, and staying on top of them, you may be able to avoid annoying or painful complications.1 And you will likely save money by making a small office copay upfront vs. getting a hefty hospital bill later.2
It’s easier than you think to get started. There are just three simple steps to take to start taking charge of your health:
While policies can be very different, each one should have a clear listing of this information. To access your plan details, visit MyHumana.com(link opens in new window) .
A few other things to keep in mind:
If you or someone in your family needs a specialist, always check to see if he or she is in your network before making an appointment. If your primary care doctor recommends a specialist who is not in your network, you can always ask for another suggestion. Using in-network providers saves money.
Wondering if your teen has outgrown the pediatrician? We have some information to help make the decision here
Interested in knowing when or how often certain tests like mammograms and vaccinations are recommended? Check out our preventive healthcare guidelines.
The best way to avoid getting sick is to prevent it if you can. Take charge of your family’s health. Review your policy, pick a new doctor, and make those appointments. Take advantage of the services available to you. It makes more sense than waiting to go for help until you or someone you love is really sick. And it’s much better than spending all night in an E.R. waiting room.
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