There are lots of people in the nation (men in particular) that flat out refuse to go to a primary care physician. Most commonly, the excuses that are given is because they don’t want to spend the money or that they don’t have insurance. No matter what the reason for not seeing a doctor on a regular basis, SunSouth Medical Center has great reasons why you should.

“It’s only a cold”

Most people start to get the sniffles and just continue with their day. When the illness progresses and they are miserable, they still refuse to head to a primary care doctor because they feel like it’s a waste of money to go only to be told it’s a cold and to get some rest. What many people don’t realize is that some illnesses have the same symptoms as a cold but can actually be something more serious, like the flu, laryngitis, or an upper respiratory tract infection. All of which need stronger medication.

“I know what they will say”

Putting off going to see the doctor for something that has been ailing you for a while is pretty common. We have seen this happen and when they finally come into see us, the ailment has gotten much worse and harder to treat. Even if you think you know what the doctor will say, you still need to have it looked at to make sure it is not going to become something worse later on down the road.

“I feel fine”

This is a big issue when it comes to people not going to visit their primary care provider. If we aren’t sick or in pain, we tend to forget about seeing a doctor because we feel like there is nothing to talk to them about. The reality is that going to the doctor for a checkup at least once a year is one of the best things you can do for yourself. Getting blood work and other tests done can find chronic diseases or other illnesses early and can potentially mean the difference between life and death.

If you are one of the millions of people who put off visiting a primary care physician, call to schedule an appointment at SunSouth Medical Center today.