Which different specialists should you be seeing annually?

Regular check-ups can prevent a lot of health troubles. At the beginning of each year, make a note of every specialist you need to see. Space out the appointments if you can’t afford them all at once but it is also wise to research affordable medical aid plans. Most medical aid companies offer a medical savings account which you can use for unforeseen medical expenses.

Dermatologist

Skin is the largest organ in (or on) our bodies. Unfortunately, melanoma is often believed not to be dangerous but in reality, it is a very real threat. If detected early it is usually very treatable but left unnoticed, the cancer can spread to other parts of the body and in fact be fatal.

Dentist

Who knows what is going on in our mouths? Be sure to go for check-ups to ensure healthy teeth, roots, gums, cheeks and tongue. Also consider an annual fluoride treatment to keep your teeth strong.

Gynaecologist/Urologist

We all dread that time of the year. It is uncomfortable and it costs you a small fortune but going to a gynaecologist/urologist is an absolute necessity. Yearly visits will allow your doctor to detect various irregularities. Female conditions such as endometriosis, gynaecological cancers and pH-balance disorders must be detected sooner rather than later as sometimes this makes them easier to treat. The same applies to the treatment of urological conditions.

Optometrist

Because life is so busy, many of us don’t realise how much strain we put on our eyes. A lot of people work long hours in front of a computer screen; others drive the whole day. Taking care of your eyes is very important and you wouldn’t believe just how much your eyesight deteriorates in the space of a year! Be sure to make an appointment at your optometrist so that you receive appropriate care, perhaps glasses, as soon as it’s necessary.

Never skimp on your check-ups

You might be tempted to skip one of your annual check-ups to stretch your buck – but in the end it can be very dangerous and cost you more than what the initial, precautionary check-up would have come to. Rather spread out you medical costs by finding a trusted medical aid company. This will empower you to take your health into your own hands.