Here’s a great quick overview of some of the doctors everyone should try to see. If you are anything like most people, you probably only go to the doctor when you really need to. But of course, it’s better to be proactive about your health and stop any problems before they happen.
The article is very concise and helpful, because it lists the different types of doctors, along with who should go, when and how often they should go, and if they need a referral. This article happens to be written specifically for Canadians, which I am, but it should still be very helpful for anyone to think about which doctors they should see. Have a quick look over the article and see if there is a doctor or two that you should consider making an appointment with.
HOW OFTEN TO GO: If you’re not sick, once a year for annual check-ups and flu shots, or several times a year if you’re suffering from illnesses, need immunity shots or are pregnant
THE DETAILS: Doctors are often the first people you visit as soon as something goes wrong. Coughs, runny noses, back pains and the flu shot — you doctor can both treat these ailments or refer you to a specialist who can help. Annual check-ups are also recommended once a year to update your family doctor with your weight, height and any changes in your blood, for example.
DO I NEED A REFERRAL?: No, but you need to find a family doctor. If word-of-mouth doesn’t work, the College of Physicians and Surgeons has an organization based in each province with a list of doctors accepting new patients.
HOW OFTEN TO GO: Age dependent, but roughly, once every two to three years
THE DETAILS: School-aged children (under the age of 19) should receive eye examinations annually, according to the Canadian Association of Optometrists. Adults between the ages of 20 and 39, especially if they wear glasses or contacts, should see an optometrist once every two to three years to keep their prescriptions updated. Anyone over the age of 40 should have eye exams once every two years.
DO I NEED A REFERRAL?: No.
Doctors To See: 10 Appointments To Make For Your Health (Huffington Post)