Everyone needs to see the doctor. Depending on your health and your age, it may include specialists. Common specialists include cardiologist, pulmonologist, dermatologist, nephrologist, neurologist, and endocrinologist.
Primary Care Provider – This is the doctor who oversees everything. They give you referrals to specialists and manage your overall care. Everyone should see their primary care provider once a year. Some people see their primary care provider more frequently, depending on their health status.
Dentist – The dentist manages your oral health. The average person sees the dentist every 6 months. If they are having trouble or refusing oral care (dementia patients) they may see the dentist every 3 months for a thorough cleaning.
Eye Doctor – The general recommendation is to see the eye doctor once a year. If you have eye disease, then you may see the eye doctor more often to monitor and manage the disease.
Podiatrist – For people with thickened toenails, foot disease or diabetes, it is recommended they see the podiatrist every 3 months.
Well Women’s Exam – Medical insurance typically pays for a Pap smear, pelvic exam, and breast exam every 24 months. If you are at high risk for cervical or vaginal cancer, it will pay for an exam every 12 months. Once your reach the age of 66, you may not need to see the gynecologist for routine screenings, check with your provider.
Mammograms – Most medical insurance, including Medicare, will pay for a screening mammogram every 12 months if you are over the age of 40. There is no cut off for mammograms, so talk with your doctor to determine if you continue to need this exam over the age of 70.
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