Healthy, responsible adults choose every day to remain in the dark about their health. These are a few of the reasons men and women provide for not going to the doctor:
“I don’t have a doctor.”
“I don’t have insurance.”
“I don’t have money to spend on a trip to the doctor’s.”
“I don’t have the time.”
According to the Biennial Health Insurance Survey conducted in 2012 by the Commonwealth Fund, 53 million working-age adults did not visit the doctor due to costs. In addition, approximately 49 million respondents said money concerns kept them from pursuing recommended care. The numbers were expected to increase with each year.
In 2014, a survey completed by the Kaiser Family Foundation revealed women are more likely than men to cite money as the reason they will not go to the doctor. Approximately 20 percent of the female respondents said they skipped a recommended medical test. Another 20 percent postponed preventative services. (Twenty percent of the male respondents said they put off care due to funds.)
Aside from money concerns, adults also often cite a fear of the unknown, discomfort with discussing intimate details, and a nervousness over routine and specialized procedures.
Unfortunately, the medical community is filled with stories of individuals who postponed care and later suffered the repercussions for their negligence. Sometimes the end result is death for an issue that early care (or preventative care) could have handled. We here at APEX Direct Care want to keep you from becoming one of these statistics.
January is the start of a new year, and for many people, on a more figurative level, it is a clean slate. Fitness and personal health (e.g. healthy diet) are two of the most popular New Year’s resolutions. However, in their zeal for starting fresh physically, few people take into consideration the need for regular medical check-ups.
As a direct primary care facility, APEX Direct Care wants patients to be involved in their medical care. We do our best to address our patients' concerns while including them in necessary conversations about their state of health. Direct primary care doctors see 12 to 18 patients a day on average. Traditional primary care doctors far exceed these numbers with 30 to 50 patient visits each day on average.
Although there are fees associated with the services (i.e. $20 visitor fee), patients have the opportunity to choose which package works best for them. Primary care physicians can address roughly 90 percent of most people’s medical problems for $600 or less. This is far below the deductible many have to meet for their insurance.
There are many reasons people choose not to visit the doctor, the main being financial. However, with strides being taken to make healthcare more affordable, a little self-honesty is necessary. People must determine whether their excuses for ignoring their health are legitimate or merely habit. January marks the start of a new year and a fresh opportunity to really take control of your health.