The Post-Pandemic Health Care Appointments You Should Schedule Today
At the start of the pandemic, life as we knew it came to a screeching halt – including, in many cases, our health care needs. Dr. Ned Sharpless, director of the National Cancer Institute, shares, “There was a time, early in the pandemic, when we didn’t know much about this virus. So at that time, I think hospitals and clinics closing – that made sense.” But he goes on to explain that we know more now – and now is the time to get back on track with post-pandemic health care appointments and procedures.
We have evidence now that the health risks of avoiding exams and tests outweighs the risk of contracting COVID-19. Experts have outlined three key in-person appointments we should all take care of immediately.
What Are the Health Care Appointments We Should Never Neglect?
Mental Health Care
Most (if not all) of us have suffered a mental and emotional toll while living through a global health crisis. Even with virtual mental health care available, the statistics show that mental health crises are skyrocketing. Medications prescribed for mental health concerns involve blood tests and other in-person interactions to allow doctors to best monitor reactions, side effects, and drug levels. And keep in mind that if you or someone you love is having thoughts of suicide, immediate medical intervention is necessary. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can be reached 24/7 at 800-273-8255.
Time is of the essence in diagnosing and treating cancer. If you’ve put off routine screenings for cancer, especially if there is a genetic history of a certain type of cancer, it’s crucial to schedule them now. An increase of as many as 10,000 additional deaths from colorectal and breast cancers has been predicted by the National Cancer Institute, simply as the result of the reduction in screening rates.
Chronic Disease Management
Managing a chronic disease, such as diabetes, kidney disease, or heart problems, requires ongoing monitoring of medications and treatment plans by the prescribing physician. Nearly half of a surveyed pool of diabetics revealed that they’ve put off routine care for their condition due to pandemic-related fears. A number of long-term complications can arise from improperly managing chronic health conditions – including skipped exams and blood work.
We’re happy to provide transportation and accompaniment to any post-pandemic health care appointments or procedures. Our service area includes Marin, Sonoma, and Napa counties as well as the Tri-Valley. Contact us online or give us a call at (866) 940-4343 and let us know when you need us!