If you put off appointments with your doctor, you’re definitely not alone – especially with today’s healthcare costs.
If you don’t have health insurance, you might pay between $50 and $150, depending on where you live. And even if you do have insurance, you may have copays that are nearly as high.
When faced with doling out hard-earned cash, most people think twice about whether their health issues are really important enough to warrant a visit. In most cases, though, the answer is yes.
Here’s why seeing a medical specialist is always worth the cost.
Peace of mind
Because of the cost involved with seeing a doctor, some people actually fear that they’ll get good news. What if I go and he tells me there’s nothing wrong?
Well, friends, that’s something to celebrate. Let’s say you’re having serious abdominal pain and are worried it may be appendicitis. Then, you go to the doctor and find out it was just gas. Phew? You might lament over the wasted money, but at least you know you’re probably going to be around for a while longer.
Let’s say you go in for a routine checkup and find that you have a problematic mole. That mole could turn to cancer, so it’s best to have it removed. Or what if you have the early warning signs of diabetes? You don’t necessarily have to take medication, but you can take measures to help prevent the disease. Prevention is always easier than curing anything. And if you’re just worried about money, think about it this way: Diseases are much more expensive than good health.
You can go to your general practitioner for regular physicals, but plan to see a specialist for preventative tests like mammograms, colonoscopies or prostate exams.
Medical specialists are trained in very specific areas, so they know more about them than the average doctor. If you’re an alcoholic who wants to quit, you probably wouldn’t want your family practitioner for substance abuse treatment. It’s just not her area of expertise. You may pay a bit extra to see a specialist, but you’ll get more targeted treatment to help with whatever issues you’re facing.
In the example of substance abuse, your practitioner would be fully equipped to help with physical withdrawal symptoms that can be intense.
The same is true for any disorder or disease. You’ll get better treatment and advice when you visit a specialist instead of a general practitioner.
The bottom line
Paying to see a medical specialist can seem expensive, but it’s often the cheaper option in the long run. Get things done right the first time before they get worse.
Even if you’re a believer in natural remedies, medical specialists can help you identify the problems that need to be addressed. If your medical specialist identifies an issue, you can start addressing it with diet and lifestyle changes to bring your body back to a state of good health.