Your Health Care, Your Way
Whether you are living at home, away at college, working full-time, or traveling with friends, once you turn 18 it’s probably time to start managing your health care needs. As a child, your parents or caregivers may have handled things like talking to your doctor or scheduling appointments, but now that you are older, they cannot access your medical information unless you give permission. Below you will find the tools and resources necessary to move to adult health care.
Managing Your Health Care
If you still see a pediatrician (a doctor who treats children and young teens) you may want to start thinking about switching to a doctor who can care for you throughout adulthood. While there is no set age for switching from a pediatrician to an adult doctor, most people choose to make this transition once they turn 18.
Find out if you’re ready to switch to an adult care doctor.
Health Care Providers for Adults
An adult-care doctor, often called a primary care provider (PCP) is a doctor who helps you maintain your overall health, including physical, behavioral, and emotional health. Adult PCP’s can be either Internal Medicine Adult Specialists or Family Practitioners (providers who can see and treat entire families.) Their primary role is to provide preventive care and teach you about healthy choices, as well as identify common medical conditions and direct you to the best option for care.
Annual Well-Care Visits
You should have at least one visit with your PCP each year. This annual visit is called a well-care visit (also referred to as a wellness visit, physical, or check-up). You and your PCP can talk about:
- Your overall physical health and lifestyle
- Chronic conditions or new health concerns
- Mental health and/or substance use issues
- Preventive screenings and immunizations
- Your current medications, including vitamins and over-the-counter drugs
- Other health care specialists you may need (allergist, OB/GYN, therapist, etc.)
- Other concerns or questions you may have
Don’t wait until you are sick to see your doctor!
Going to regular, yearly well-care visits can help to prevent problems from occurring and address issues before they become more serious. Call your doctor’s office today to schedule your well-care visit. And don’t worry, the cost of your annual well-care visit is fully covered by MVP.