Health Matters Spring 2019 - Page 14

Let’s talk healthcare Preventing a disease before it starts is critical By Darlene Taylor CEO, Taylor Benefit Resource ealthcare is an important issue for all of us. Today, we hear so much concerning heath care, from ac- cess to cost and everything in between. We all have our own health needs and should address them but, the most important thing we can each do for our- selves and our families is to focus on wellness and preventive care. What is preventive care? Preventive care is the care you receive to prevent illnesses or diseases. It includes periodic check-ups, examinations, diagnostic testing, screenings, counseling and immunizations. It can help you and your fam- ily to stay healthy. Preventing a disease before it starts is critical to helping us live healthier and longer lives, while keeping health care costs down. Preventive services help to identify diseases in their early stages which will help most patients to receive treatment faster and to achieve better outcomes. As we take care of ourselves, we need to make sure our children receive adequate wellness and preventive care. A re- cent CDC report indicates that millions of infants, children, and adolescents in the U.S. have not receive the recommend- ed preventive services. It is imperative that our children receive their check-ups and immunizations. Currently, several states including the State of Washington are experiencing an unusually large out- break of measles. This is a highly contagious but preventable disease. If gone unchecked, it can have serious conse- quences. Increased use of preventive services, especially im- munizations, will improve the health of our infants, children, and adolescents and promote healthy lifestyles. Today, most healthcare plans include coverage for these preventive services. According to the CDC if everyone in the U.S. received rec- ommended clinical preventive care, we could save over 100,000 lives each year. The old saying “an ounce of preven- tion is worth a pound of cure,” is still true today. Be healthy, get your check-ups. H 14 Health Matters