As a society we are raised to see doctors when are sick, but never really told to go for checkups unless our mother told us to. Some people think seeing a doctor is a waste of their money and time if they do not feel sick. But that is not true and everyone should see some doctors at least once a year. Seeing a doctor for routine visit will more than likely save you money in the long run. Preventive medicine is very important not only in your health but also to your bank account. Spending $10 to $20 co-pays is much better than spending hundreds or maybe even thousands of dollars on a major surgery or in-patient stay. There are so many different types of doctors out there, and not all of them have an M.D. or D.O. behind their name. An M.D. is short for Medical Doctor and requires four years of medical school training to receive. After medical school, physicians must complete a residency program in order to be board certified. A person with the credentials D.O. behind their name is a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine. These kinds of doctors also complete four years of medical school after under graduate education and must complete a residency program after medical school in order to board certified as well. The M.D. and D.O.’s can specialize in many different areas such as Dermatology, Internal Medicine, Family Practice, Pediatrics, Emergency Medicine and many more. These doctors are great, but there are still other kinds out there you should see. Their services are mostly coved by insurance and thus the cost is very cheap.
Optometrists (O.D) keep your eyes healthy. Vision is one of the most important things in your day to day life and taking care of your eyes is crucial. Optometrists examine eyes and diagnose ocular diseases and disorders, prescribe glasses and contacts, and do routine healthy eye exams. These exams are affordable and taking care of your eyes is a must in order to take care of the rest of your life, including your personal finances and job!
Seeing a Dentist (D.D.S) every six months will save you money. Dental work is not always covered by insurance and keeping up on your insurance covered cleanings will help prevent any problems that might occur from not taking care of your teeth. You should invest in dental insurance because it will save you money.
Podiatrists (D.P.M) are great doctors for people who have diabetes. They can take care of your feet and monitor them every few months for open sores or wounds that you may not feel due to having diabetic issues. These doctors’ services are almost always covered by insurance and are a key part in preventative medicine if you have any per existing conditions. This doctor is well work the copay!
These doctors are just as educated as the ones either the MD and DO behind their name. I suggest giving them a try if you need something specific done in their field of medicine.