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Do you go to the doctor for every little thing or only when you absolutely need to?

Asked by JONESGH (3554points) April 21st, 2009 from iPhone

Why is it that some people go to the doctor for something as minor as a cold? I never really go to the doctor.

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OpryLeigh's avatar

I have to go to the doctor for a check up every 6 months anyway so if something is bothering me, minor or otherwise, I use that time that I have to be there to talk about it. If I think something is really serious then obviously I will book an appointment other than my regular one.

casheroo's avatar

Without health insurance, I don’t go at all. If I really had to, I’d call my PCP and ask or a prescription for something. If I had insurance, I’d take full advantage. I would never go for a cold or anything that I can take care of at home though.

gailcalled's avatar

Once this year for strep throat; a yearly “howdy” and blood work with the Oncologist and the annual “How’s my cholesterol and D3?” with my Internist. Occasional zap from Dermatologist; as needed.

wundayatta's avatar

I don’t go until it gets serious, or it has been going on for a long time.

elijah's avatar

I don’t have health insurance so I don’t go to my doctor unless I’m practically dead. I have to see my endocrinologist every three months, and also get bloodwork. I can’t skip that. I just had bloodwork done yesterday and it cost $245.
It really sucks.

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

Sheesh, there’s quite a few of us without insurance, huh? I only take my kids in if it’s something really important. And I took myself in to get some meds so I wouldn’t throttle my kids, LOL.

cwilbur's avatar

I go to the doctor once a month, because I have several interesting numbers in my bloodwork and we’re working on getting those to be less interesting.

I do have health insurance through work, so it’s not as expensive a proposition as it might be.

May2689's avatar

I dont go unless is something really important

nebule's avatar

Well living in England we have the NHS so luckily we don’t pay! hurrah!!! But i’m going a lot at the moment because they don’t know what’s wrong with me!

MrItty's avatar

once a year for a checkup. I’ll also go if the Dr. needs to follow up on something (blood work results, for example). Beyond that, I’d have to be nearly incapacitated by whatever illness was affecting me in order to go to the doctor’s office. And at that point, I’d probably just go to the emergency room.

cak's avatar

I have spent entirely too much time at the Oncologist’s office for the last few years, I’m at the point where unless I am carrying my head in my hands, I don’t want to go. I’m starting radiation, and then I plan on only going for my 2 month checkups for the oncologists and then only if I think I’ve broken something or I’m dying. I hate going to the doctor. Outside of the pesky cancer/leukemia thing, I am a very healthy person. Just a klutz…thus the clause for broken bones.

Tennis5tar's avatar

I don’t like going to the doctors, so avoid it unless absolutely necessary. I think I went twice between the ages of 10 and 15.

evelyns_pet_zebra's avatar

I treat my body like I treat my car. I don’t get anything worked on unless something doesn’t seem or feel right. It’s probably not wise to skip my yearly physicals, but I really do hate going to the doctor. Lately, I’ve been going to a psychiatrist because of depression. Mental health is something one should never take for granted.

happycamper's avatar

We have health insurance, but it still costs so much that I don’t go. My husband is a stroke patient, and it’s all we can do to afford his meds and medical care. He’s doing fine, thank goodness. I started taking care of my own health about ten years ago. Lost weight. Began exercising regularly and eating good foods. I feel great. I go to the dentist regularly and have bloodwork done now and then at a “doc in the box” clinic, but other than that, no, I don’t go!

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