The Fast Track (Part 1): Getting Your Health and Medical Life On Track for 2015

It’s January, the best month of the year for the fitness industry. All across the country gyms are being flooded with thousands of new members, each one desperate to work off their holiday weight and obligated to half-heartedly work towards their new year’s resolution: a repeat goal of losing 50 pounds that lasted until the middle of January last year but has much more potential to be achieved this year. Although we’re all about trying to live a healthy lifestyle, and we support anyone willing to get out there and work towards it on whatever scale is appropriate for them, we’ve never been able to understand the intense pressure people feel at this time of the year to focus so much on their weight. Getting skinny isn’t necessarily synonymous with getting healthy, and as an organization that centers largely around medical health, we’d much rather see people using their new year’s resolutions to take their health into their own hands.

Instead of evaluating how much your scale reads in the morning, we’re urging patients to take this time of the year to re-evaluate the state of their medical life and determine what steps they may be able to take to make the upcoming year a better one for them in regards to health.

For the remainder of January, we’re going to be hitting on a few of the key things to think about when trying to get your health and medical life in order for the new year. To kick everything off, we’ll start with what we believe is one of the most important foundational questions that everyone should ask themselves.

Is your doctor right for you?

This question doesn’t necessarily apply just for your doctor, but rather to every medical center you generally frequent. It could be a diagnostic imaging center like ours, it could be the local emergency room that you always go to, it could be your family physician or a physical therapist that you see. Regardless of how many centers you go to or medical experts you seek care from, it’s crucial to ask yourself whether or not they’re a good fit for you.

Not everyone is looking for the same thing when they pick a center or physician. Some people want a place that is fast. Others want one that’s cheap. Some people are looking for quality. Others want to feel safe. Each and every patient will differ in what they want out of a physician or center, so it’s important when searching to narrow down exactly what you are looking for and evaluate whether or not the person/place you currently go to is meeting those needs.

Here are a few of the top things to consider when looking for a doctor or a medical center:

1)   Price. How much does the cost matter to you? How much or how little are you willing to pay?

2)   Quality. Is it crucial for you to have the highest quality of care, or are you fine with someone in the middle?

3)   Availability/wait time. How much does the wait time or availability of the center/doctor matter to you? Are you someone who will be needing to go to lots of appointments and will be impacted  by the waiting time, or is it more likely that you’ll just go once or twice a year and the wait time won’t really matter?

4)   Location. Does your center or doctor need to be super close to where you live, or are you ok with driving half an hour to receive care?

5)   Atmosphere. What is the atmosphere at your center like? Are people friendly? Are they too friendly? Do you prefer a quiet and professional environment, or do you love going somewhere with a more friendly and casual atmosphere?

6)   Personality fit. Do you jive well with your doctor or the people at your medical center? This is someone you’ll be spending time with, so it’s important that you don’t strongly dislike them. Not all personalities mesh well together, and that’s ok! Just make sure you find one that will work with yours.

Each of these are important things to consider when evaluating whether or not your doctor/medical center is right for you. Take some time to prioritize your wants and needs, then act accordingly.