Do You Go To The Doctor For Regular Check-ups As You Should?

@wachit14 (3600)
United States
April 13, 2007 8:01am CST
Or do you wait until there is something wrong with you to go to the doctor. I go regularly for check-ups to prevent any diseases before they happen, but I grew up in a family where my parents only went when they were sick and even then they ignored dangerous symptoms. My dad died of cancer and he could have been spared had he gone regularly for check-ups. Do you go as you should or do you wait until you are sick to go?
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• United States
13 Apr 07
My mom always made sure I went for a yearly checkup. Now that I live on my own, I don't have insurance and if I can't afford insurance I sure as heck can't afford a yearly visit. So, until I get certified for teaching, I think I'll only go when I am sick---to the university's free clinic, at that.
@wachit14 (3600)
• United States
13 Apr 07
Unfortunately, you are not alone. There are so many people who live without insurance that a check-up has become a luxury. Here's hoping you stay healthy.
@aprilgrl (4460)
• United States
14 Apr 07
Yes, I go to the same Doctor. I have been seeing this doctor about 4 years
• United States
13 Apr 07
I always go to the doctors as I should but lately I have not been do not ask me why but I have been busy with kids and taking kids to the dotors and all that I have been very hectic with life itself and finally found a good website to chill out with
@lightningMD (5932)
• United States
13 Apr 07
i have to admit that i dont always go to the doctor like i should. When we have insurance I make sure to go. But when we have none i just cant afford it. The last time i had blood work done with insurance it cost me over 400.00 dollars.
• Canada
13 Apr 07
I do wait til I am sick and don't usually take the children unless they are complaining about something and appear sick in some way . Although we don't go for regular check ups , we are there enough of the time as with so many of us , there is always someone sick . The only person we can't get to go at all is my husband who waited so long one time to find out what was wrong with him that by the time I got him there (which was a couple of years ) he was a severe asthmatic and will have it for life .
13 Apr 07
I grew up in the States. While I lived there, I always went for an annual checkup. It's always best to catch things early. Yearly checkups are the best way to find out if you have a problem. Since I moved to the UK, things have changed. It seems they are not into annual checkups. The NHS only wants to see you if there is something wrong with you. Then they will stick you on their all famous waiting lists. The GP's here are not able to do the same amount of things that they can do in the States. They are ever sending you to a specialist which means more lists. I have a family history of cancer, high blood pressure, diabetes and my GP never has me in for an annual exam to keep an eye on me. The only way I was checked for diabetes was that I demanded it. They said they were not aware of my family history. I guess they never read the medical files that keep on people. The lack of medical care over here is pitiful. They don't even tell you your test results, you have to call and ask for them. It's very annoying.