A visit to your doctor for recommended preventive care can help find health problems early. Finding cancer or other chronic conditions earlier can make them easier to treat and can result in better outcomes.
“Going to see your doctor for routine care that is recommended for you based on your age or family history, like a colorectal or cervical cancer screening, could save your life,” Dr. Drew Oliveira, Regence’s senior executive medical director, said in the Regence article Delayed medical care during COVID-19 pandemic increases health risks.
However, that same article notes that in June 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that 41 percent of U.S. adults put off going to the doctor for routine care like screenings and chronic condition management. The medical community raised concerns after a December 2021 nationwide study showed new cancer diagnoses decreased by up to 23 percent due to fewer routine check-ups and screenings.
“There are many reasons why people haven’t had their annual check-up over the past two years,” Dr. Oliveira said. “If this is you, it’s time to call your doctor and get that scheduled. Preventive health screenings are safe and typically covered by your health plan.”
For members enrolled in medical coverage through ALLtech, preventive care services are covered at 100 percent, with no cost to you if you see an in-network provider. View the Regence BlueShield Preventive Care flyer to learn more about the services that are covered and other details.
Oliveira recommends starting with your primary care provider (PCP) to find out what check-ups are due for you, like a health screening or vaccination. If you’re a Regence member and don’t have a PCP, you can find in-network providers who are accepting new patients by signing in to your account at regence.com.
ALLtech is the employee benefits program exclusive to GeekWire member companies. Members who live in Asotin, Adams, Benton, Chelan, Douglas, Ferry, Franklin, Garfield, Grant, Kittitas, Lincoln, Okanogan, Pend Oreille, Spokane, Stevens and Whitman counties are insured by Regence partner Asuris Northwest Health, whose Preventive Care flyer is linked here.