What Does it Mean to Own Your Own Health?

With more and more money coming out of your own pocket due to inflated insurance premiums, high deductibles, and costly co-insurance, you need to be sure you are getting the most for your money when it comes to your healthcare. One way to do that is to "Own Your Own Healthcare"...you may have heard this term before but aren't sure what it means, or maybe you know that you're ready to take control of your own health but aren't sure how to start. Well, here are some simple tips on how to get started, and what exactly it means to Own Your Own Health.

Choose the Right Type of Provider for Your Issue

We have been so programmed to believe that seeing a primary care doctor is the only way to address our physical ailments and pains that we reflexively spend hundreds of dollars on unnecessary office visits, or worse, we ignore nagging pains that are affecting us because of these inflated costs. However, ignoring these pains now only leads to bigger more expensive medical interventions in the future. Sometimes it's best to skip a primary care physician and go straight to a specialist. For example: if you're experiencing joint, muscle, and movement-related issues, starting with Physical Therapy first can save you thousands of dollars and get you back to your life quicker…

Choose the Provider That Suits Your Individual Needs and Goals

You have the freedom to choose your own physical or occupational therapist, so take advantage of it. A referral from a doctor is NOT required to see a therapist, and if a doctor does refer you to therapy, the choice of where you go is totally yours?  Consider the fact that many times your medical provider has a vested interest in referring you to a specific therapy clinic. All therapy is not created equal, not even close! Ask yourself, “Am I you really getting the best care for me”? Your health is a big deal, so make sure you do your own research and make sure you choose the best provider for you.

Have questions about what other steps you can take to get control of your health and healthcare? Get in touch.