Most people have health insurance so that they can get assistance with paying for medical bills as they arise. However, it’s also important that you practice preventative measures to keep you and your family away from the hospital or doctor’s office in the first place!
Health insurers are becoming more aware of the need for preventative care and are beginning to offer more to those that pay for their plans. For example, some provide a 24/7 hotline that you can use anytime you have questions or concerns related to health. They can listen to your problem and decide if it can be solved at home or if you need to visit the ER.
This can save you lots of time as well as money, if it’s something that can be fixed with over the counter medication or isn’t too urgent that it can’t wait until the morning when your doctor’s office is open.
I feel that this can be a very useful service. My son’s pediatrician has an after hours number, but I am not sure about the physician my husband and I typically see. Still, the idea of being able to contact a health professional any time of the day puts my mommy mind at ease.
Pregnant women are also getting more support to keep themselves and their growing bellies healthy. Some insurers provide programs to ensure questions are answered and education is received. Some of the benefits of these programs include one-on-one calls, weekly information so women know what to expect as their pregnancy continues, and nutrition and lactation information.
Probably my favorite preventative step that some health insurers are taking is the offer of a personal trainer or other fitness related options. As moms, women sometimes have so much on their plate already that fitness gets thrown to the way side.
I know that happens a lot in my own life. However, if your insurer provided a personal trainer, family friendly meal plans, or fitness plans that you can fit into your own lifestyle, wouldn’t you be grateful?
I like seeing the steps that health insurers are taking to help everyone be healthy, especially moms. It is typically our job to keep the family moving, and it’s really hard to do that if they aren’t in good health!
Disclosure: This post is brought to you by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia and The Motherhood. All opinions are 100% mine.
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