How many doctors do I need to see, and with what frequency?
December 29, 2008 1:15 PM Subscribe
Trying to make sure I've got all my bases covered and can spend all my 2009 flex spending--how many doctors do I "need"?
posted by peanut_mcgillicuty to Health & Fitness (9 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I am a 27 year old woman, generally in good health. I don’t smoke, drink moderately, am fairly active, eat well, and weigh in the low end of average for my height. I go to the dentist regularly and have been going to an ob/gyn for birth control and annual physicals for years.
I’m getting Lasik surgery next month so I won’t need an eye doctor aside from them for a while. I’ve had braces and had my wisdom teeth out, so no orthodontia needs. I have been in counseling and so have already found someone in that department when needed.
However, I wonder if I need to add other doctors to my list. Should I have a “regular” doctor I go see for any other kind of annual physical or when I’ve got the sniffles or food poisoning? (Usually, I just go to an urgent care clinic or wait it out). Is there any kind of doctor that can help in the above cases as well as provide ob/gyn checkups and birth control prescriptions? Should I start seeing a dermatologist with any regularity at some point? (I’ve been once, about a strange mole; my mother has a history of skin cancer although I’ve not had as much exposure as she did). Any other doctors that I’m leaving out?
I realize a lot of this depends on an individual and his/her health needs. I don’t have any health concerns right now, but my previous ob/gyn is leaving my insurance network so I need to find a new doctor, and I will have a surplus of 2009 flex spending money so I figured it might be a good idea to find out if I’m covering all my bases here. Which doctors do healthy adult females need to visit and how often?