5 Reasons Why Preventive Care Matters

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More and more employers recognize the value of preventive care procedures and services for employees. They know that preventive care is essential to helping workers maintain and improve their overall health and well-being. This translates to better attendance and higher work productivity.

You have probably heard of preventive health screenings. But what are they? Essentially, they are tests and procedures routinely performed to make sure people are healthy. Here are five reasons why preventive care matters.

  1. Detects medical conditions early

    Many health problems are preventable. One way to catch potential concerns early is with preventive screenings. Your doctor will recommend those screenings that best fit your family history and individual health needs.

    With preventive care screenings, it is easier for health professionals to detect subtle signs of emerging medical conditions. Finding health problems early helps lower treatment costs and keeps employees healthier and happier. This is one big reason why preventive care matters.

  1. Reduces health risks

    Preventive screenings put you in charge of your health. By participating in recommended screening tests, the doctor may find signs of medical concerns you did not know about.

     For example, a cholesterol check evaluates your good (HDL) and bad (LDL) cholesterol and triglyceride levels. If your LDL levels are too high, your doctor will provide treatment options to lower the bad cholesterol and improve HDL levels to improve your health. The choices for care could include eating more nutritious meals, participating in structured exercise 30 minutes each day, or taking medications designed to lower bad cholesterol.

  1. Extends lives

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that preventive care screenings can save lives. Over 100,000 lives could be saved each year if people took advantage of screenings, such as tests that identify chronic diseases and colorectal cancer. About 70% of people die each year from chronic disease and illness. A stunning 90% of people diagnosed with colorectal cancer could live at least five more years if it’s caught before it spreads.

  1. Saves money

    Getting health screenings not only helps you maintain good health, but it also can save you money. Most plans promote preventive care and cover preventive screenings at no or low cost.

    Employees also can benefit from dental and vision screenings. Some people have plans through their employer. But, if not, they can purchase individual dental or vision insurance. Most individual plans offer same-day coverage, especially for preventive screenings, such as professional teeth cleanings and eye exams. Learn how Ameritas’ individual dental and vision plans can help you.

  1. Enhances productivity

    Preventive screenings not only save employees’ money but also help enhance their productivity.

Each year, employees miss thousands of hours of work. Often, they take time off to deal with health problems, such as toothaches, migraines or high blood pressure. These health issues easily could have been identified and treated during a preventive health care screening.

Most preventive screenings require minimal time to complete. It is usually easy for employees to schedule these types of tests around work hours. By proactively taking care of their health, employees will spend less time at the doctor’s office and return to work more quickly. That means employers will have employees who are more focused at work.                                                                                                              

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