Why Proactive Patients Will Be Visiting Their Doctors Before the New Year
Your insurance deductible will renew at the end of the year, making now a good time for a doctor’s visit.
Although you should never skimp on your health, making a last minute visit to your doctor is a wise choice as the end of the year nears, particularly when it comes to your wound care treatment. The key to saving money while enjoying the same level of care is to visit your doctor before New Year’s, as this will allow you to benefit from your current health insurance deductible. Not only will you save money by receiving the care and supplies you need, you will also be better equipped to treat your wounds during winter’s harsh weather conditions.
Your Insurance Benefits
The easiest way to save money on your wound care is to take advantage of your health insurance benefits. Most insurance policies will reset your deductible on January 1. This means that if you have already paid your deductible for the year, now is the time to get any preventative and proactive wound care treatment or supplies you need. Assuming that your insurance covers wound care treatment, you should get all checkups and procedures done now before the deductible resets. The specifics depend on your policy, but odds are that your wound care treatment will be more cost effective now than after New Year’s.
In addition to visiting your doctor, it is also wise to stock up on any prescription medications or wound dressings you need before the year ends. An extensive supply of wound care products will help you keep up with your wound throughout wintertime without having to splurge on last minute supplies. As long as the products you are buying do not expire and your insurance covers them, there is no downside to stocking up on supplies. Have your doctor prescribe what your insurance covers so you can have emergency wound care supplies on hand if you need them.
Wound Care Treatment During Winter
While using your health insurance benefits is the major reason you need to visit your doctor before next year, there are compelling health reasons to receive would care treatment now. Appropriate treatment is necessary all year, but it becomes particularly important during winter because of the side effects it can cause:
- Weakened Immune System – The risk of developing colds, the flu, and other viruses increases during winter. When you get sick, your body devotes its immune system to fighting the virus, making any chronic wounds more difficult to treat and heal.
- Dry Skin – To heal properly, your wound needs to be kept moist, not dry. However, the cold winter air can dry your skin out and make your body become dehydrated.
- Poor Circulation – Your wound also needs a continuous supply of oxygenated blood for efficient healing. During winter, many patients tend to become more dormant and avoid exercise necessary for enhancing circulation.
It is especially important for diabetic patients to stay proactive about visiting their doctor, as diabetes creates unique problems for winter wound care, especially in the feet. If you have diabetes, ask your doctor about ways to prevent diabetic foot ulcers and neuropathy.
Above all, it is important to exercise and eat healthy, as physical activity and the right diet will lower your blood sugar levels and prevent ulcers and infections. Talk to your doctor about safe ways to exercise during winter that will keep you warm and healing.
There is no foolproof way to protect your wounds during winter, but the more supplies and medical advice you have, the better prepared you will be. Be proactive and schedule a visit with your doctor before the New Year to discuss your wound care treatment and stock up on wound dressings, ointments, and other wound supplies.
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