Your Health Is A Team Effort
You are the most important member of the team. Your team also includes doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and insurance providers.
Take Charge Tips:
- Keep track of important health information.
- Know your family’s health history.
- See a doctor regularly for checkups.
- Be prepared for medical appointments.
- Ask your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist questions.
- Follow up after your appointment
Take Action Tips:
Keeping all your health information in one place will make it easier to manage your health care. Take this information with you to every medical appointment.
To start your own personal health record, write down:
- Your name and birth date
- The name and phone number of a friend or relative to call if there’s an emergency
- Telephone numbers and addresses of all the places where you get medical care, including your pharmacy
- Your blood type
- Dates and results of checkups and screening tests
- All the shots (vaccinations) you’ve had – and the dates that you got them
- Medicines you take, how much you take, and why you take them
- Any health conditions you have, including allergies
If you aren’t sure about some of this information, check with your doctor’s office.
Your family’s health history is an important part of your personal health record. Keep track of health conditions that run in your family.
Getting regular checkups with your doctor or nurse can help you stay healthy. If you don’t have a doctor or nurse, Get One!
Regular checkups can help find problems early, when they may be easier to treat.
Cost & Insurance Tips:
Under the Affordable Care Act, the health care reform law passed in 2010, insurance plans must cover many preventive services, like screenings and shots. Plans must also cover well-child visits through age 21 and well-woman visits.
Depending on your insurance plan, you may be able to get preventive services at no cost to you. Check with your insurance company for more information.
- Find out which services are covered under the Affordable Care Act.
- Find out which services are covered by Medicare.
If you don’t have insurance, check out these resources to help you get health care:
- Visit HealthCare.gov to find insurance options for your family.
- For low-cost or free services, find a health center near you and make an appointment.
Yes we know that healthcare coverage is expensive and so is not having coverage. You must decide what is best for your family
Be Prepared Tips:
Write down your questions ahead of time.
Write down any questions you have about your health. Take the list with you to your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.
Make the most of doctor visits.
Take your list of questions and personal health record with you to the appointment. You may also want to ask a family member or friend to go with you to help take notes.
Be sure to talk about any changes since your last visit, like:
- New medicines you are taking, including over-the-counter medicines
- Herbs, home remedies, and vitamins you are taking
- Recent illnesses or surgeries
- Important changes in your life, like becoming unemployed or a death in the family
- Health concerns or issues
- Health information you’ve found on the Internet or heard from others
Follow up after your appointment.
It can take time and hard work to make the healthy changes you talked about with your doctor or nurse. Remember to:
- Call if you have any questions or side effects from medicine.
- Schedule follow-up appointments for tests or lab work, if you need to.
- Contact the doctor to get test results, if you need to.