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Benefit Awareness News | April 2018

Hiding from the doctor? Give your reasons a second look.

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When it comes to your health, having a primary care physician (PCP) might be one of the most important relationships you can have. Not all health plans require you to have a PCP — so you should check your benefit documents to see if you need a PCP. But even if it’s not required, having a doctor who gets to know all aspects of your health is worthwhile. Still, some of us avoid the doctor’s office like the plague.

If that’s you, maybe it’s time to ask yourself: What’s holding me back? Does this sound familiar?

I’m healthy, so why bother?
It’s a good question. Here’s the answer: Primary doctors don’t just treat illnesses. If you’re healthy now, they may help you stay that way.

For example, your PCP might help you:

  • Get recommended screening tests for diseases like cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure and other conditions that may run in your family.
  • Keep up-to-date on your shots. (They’re not just for kids.)
  • Make healthy choices — like eating right, exercising and managing stress.

And keep in mind: Some diseases don’t have any symptoms at first. Routine checkups may give your PCP a chance to find them early — when treatment may work best.

Doctors make me uncomfortable.
Health care is personal. So it’s important to find a doctor you trust and feel comfortable talking with. It might take some searching to find the right fit — but it’s worth the time.

When choosing a PCP, you might start by asking family or friends for recommendations. Find out what they like about their doctors. You might like the same things — or it may give you ideas about other qualities you’re looking for.

Here are a few more tips for finding the right match.

I’m worried about the cost of seeing a doctor.
We want you to stay healthy. So most UnitedHealthcare plans cover wellness checkups and many other kinds of preventive care at no cost to you.*

When you do need to share the costs for a health care service, myuhc.com® and the Health4Me® app may help make it easier to avoid surprises. They’re designed to help you:

  • Estimate treatment costs.
  • Keep track of your deductible.
  • Check your out-of-pocket limit balance.

It takes too long to get an appointment.
We understand there may be a wait to see your primary doctor. Keep in mind: Some doctors offer same-day appointments and expanded office hours for people with minor illnesses or injuries. So it’s always a good idea to call your primary doctor first.

But if you’re sick and your doctor isn’t available, there are other quick-care options that may save you up to $1,500 on care.**

LightbulbWhat to do next.
You can browse primary doctors in your network — and compare patient reviews — at myuhc.com. Or download the free Health4Me mobile app.

Check. Choose. Go.

Also in this edition

Vaccines: Is your family up-to-date?

Children, teens and adults — we all need vaccines to help protect us from diseases that can make us very sick. So at your next visit, ask your primary doctor if your family’s shots are current.

Curious what might be recommended for you or your loved ones? Check out our preventive care tool.

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