Prevention, by definition, is an act of keeping something from happening. When it comes to your health, we hope you're as enthusiastic as we are at keeping sickness, disease and medical interventions at bay. We know that fighting the good fight sometimes requires discomfort (a needle, a colonoscope) or inconvenience (appointments, time off work).
Practicing prevention is also about eating healthfully, adding more physical activity to your daily life and giving up your tobacco habit, if you have one. All of this, too, can be painful and uncomfortable, but not nearly as painful or uncomfortable as, say, heart disease or stroke, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or cancer.
If you had multiple ways to fend off multiple maladies, why wouldn't you?
Well, you do. Have multiple ways. We think you and your family members are worth it.
Follow the evidence
We recommend following certain preventive guidelines because these screenings, tests and vaccines have demonstrated over time that they can help prevent disease or identify it early enough to get you the right type of treatment. Even a hunch and a visit to your doctor can sometimes uncover a potential threat.
For us, prevention is about being responsible and accountable to you, our members, and letting you know that there are things you can do — based on your age, family history and gender — to check and protect your health. The rest — getting a doctor, making the appointments, changing up your lifestyle — is up to you.
Preventive care that is delivered by a contracted, in-network health care provider is covered in full under the U.S. Affordable Care Act. To verify the details of your preventive care coverage, log on to myProvidence to access your plan benefits and member handbook. If you don't have a myProvidence account, registering for one is quick and easy.
Practice prevention. It's good for you.