Preventive vs. Diagnostic Care

Good nutrition and exercise habits both have a significant impact when it comes to your health, but don’t neglect your preventive and diagnostic care appointments. Whether you’re dealing with a chronic issue like arthritis or you don’t have any current health problems, keeping up with your health care allows you to stay on top of any unexpected risks that might arise.

Preventive Care

Preventive care includes routine checkups and screenings to allow doctors to catch a health problem long before their patient ever would have noticed any symptoms — meaning the odds of the issue being treatable tend to be much higher.

A few common preventive care examples include:

  • Annual wellness exams
  • Age appropriate immunizations such as chicken pox, measles and tetanus
  • Women’s health screenings such as a pap test and mammogram
  • Men’s health screenings such as a prostate exam

Plus, many medical insurance plans cover the cost of in-network preventive care services.

Diagnostic Care

With diagnostic care, your doctor can help you stay on top of any health problem that you have by monitoring the issue and developing a plan of action if/when any symptoms need to be treated. In short, any test or procedure that is needed to help diagnose or monitor your condition could be considered diagnostic care.

A few common diagnostic care examples include:

  • Chest X-rays
  • Pregnancy tests
  • Skin biopsies
  • Electrocardiogram (EKG)

The sooner any health issues are found, the sooner they can be treated!