Visiting Your Doctor
When Should You See Your Doctor?
You and your family should visit your primary care provider (PCP) for a check-up every year, even if you feel healthy. You never have to pay for a check-up. Going to your PCP annually is the best way to catch small health problems before they become big ones. If you haven’t seen your PCP in the last year, call today to make an appointment.
Always talk with your doctor to be sure you’re up to date on the vaccines and screenings you need based on your age, gender and risk factors. Ask if you are due for breast, colon, and cervical cancer screenings and if you should be tested for heart disease and diabetes.
If you have children less than two years old, bring them to the PCP more than once a year so they can get all of the vaccines and screenings they need. Children should also go to the doctor anytime there is a concern about medical, developmental, or behavioral health, even if it is not time for a regular check-up. If your child is diagnosed with ADHD, make sure you go to the scheduled follow-up visits with your child’s doctor.
If you’re pregnant or just had a baby, it is especially important for you to visit the doctor. After you give birth, your postpartum visit will help your doctor track your health and answer any questions you have about your mental or physical wellness, or about being a new mom. You should visit your doctor for a postpartum visit between 3 and 8 weeks after you give birth. If you complete your postpartum doctor’s visit, we’ll send you a free box of diapers. You may have received a request form in the mail from us, or you can print it on our website. Complete the form and send it back to us to get a free box of diapers.