There is truth to Mahatma Gandhi’s famous saying that health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver. Most would agree that a person’s health is the center of one’s life. After all, our everyday success, productivity, happiness, and the like relies on having great health.
Sadly, based on the 2019 Global Competitiveness Report of the World Economic Forum, the Philippines’ health care system has ranked among the lowest in the world. Healthcare workers have expressed their worries in the country suffering a health crisis due to consecutive outbreaks of infectious diseases. In addition, the quality of health care services suffered because of underfunding of hospitals. This has led to a lack of healthcare workers and equipment in the country. To protect healthcare workers from inefficiency of equipment, availing a medical malpractice insurance is a must.
While the Philippine government works to fulfill its duty to secure its citizens, every Filipino must also ensure their health by consulting their doctors yearly or when necessary. To help, we’ve listed below the average times a person must do so.
Primary care physician (PCP)
Ensure better health by checking in with your trusted PCP at least once a year. This doctor is someone who practices general medicine and, if possible, has access to your medical history. It is recommended to undergo a physical exam and a series of tests for preventive measures.
Obstetrics and gynaecology (OB/GYN)
Same with your PCP, schedule a consultation with your OB/GYN to be on track with your STI assessments, as well as vaccinations and even cancer screenings.
According to Emily Newsom, M.D., there’s no official recommendation on the number of times a person must consult with their dermatologist. Thus, it has become a practice to either arrange an appointment either once a year or as often as needed.
Like that of dermatologists, there’s no specific guideline on how frequent a person needs to visit their psychiatrist. Patients may consult as often as they need because this is dependent on their mental health.
At least once every two years, make sure you allot time to have your eyes checked especially if your family has a history of having eye issues.
Most dentists recommend to have your teeth checked and cleaned twice a year to ensure your oral health. Regular dental check ups can help keep your gums and teeth healthy.
Take charge of your life by ensuring your health through regular check ups. Always remember that your health matters. In order to live fully each day, it is important to feel secure in yourself as well as what’s happening with your whole body.