Just curious there. I've read many many things, from every six months to every year or every two years in your 20s.
I'm 24 and the last time I visited the good ol' Doc was in 2011, and we did a full blood work up, cholesterol and all, as well as something to check my liver since I had liver problems as a kid, and he told me that aside from my weight, I was totally healthy, and he has everyone come back every six months, but the day I was supposed to go back we had a bad ice/snow storm, so I didn't go and I never rescheduled, and then it was 2013, haha.
Also, how would you recommend finding a new doctor? I moved since then and the doctor I had back in Oklahoma was the same doctor my mother went to, I don't know how you pick a doctor?
I get a physical once per year from my regular doctor. I have high interoccular pressure (high pressure in my eyes), which is a sign that I may develop glaucoma, so I have to go to my opthamologist 3-4 times per year. However, if you don't have any issues, I would say just once per year at the most.
I'm not really sure how do you go about setting up a Dr appointment in the states even more so after Obamacare but it shouldn't be more complicated than finding your local care providor and ringing him up for a full physical, if you have insurance than just check with your insurance company where you can go get a check up near you.
If you are feeling well and not expriencing any symptoms/discomfort than I believe that two simple yearly check ups should be more than enough just as you should have your teeth examined.
hope I helped, keep healthy and stay manly
I pretty much got a college physical at 18 and then did not see a doc until I was 28 when I just figured I was well overdue (& finally had health insurance). A year ago at 31, I decided I should watch my health a little closer and started getting a physical each year. So many of my friends never see a doctor because they can’t get over the awkwardness. To be blunt, droppin’ shorts once a year is nothing for knowing you’re in good health. Besides that, I have a regular doc who knows my medical history and is tied to a real hospital if I ever need…no doc-in-the-box gamble necessary.
If you have insurance, check out your insurance company’s website. I was able to narrow down by distance, male/female, specialty, etc. Then I searched for reviews and chose someone who had a couple positive reviews and no negatives. Hospital websites also tend to have similar searching capabilities and you can usually use an insurance company's website to search even if you don't have insurance.
I go to my insurance, pull up the massive list of available docs, see if they have a webpage, hell now there are also Doc rating pages(take them with a grain of salt), throw the dice and pick one.
We had one that we went to when we lived close to downtown, she doesn't overbook, you wait no more than 5 minutes and does a decent enough job for an everyday doc. So we travel the extra miles after moving further away.
Done it with several orthopedic docs, got some good ones and some bad ones. If you don't feel comfortable, just move on to the next on the insurance list.
A yearly physical at a GP should be fine unless you have a condition that requires more frequent doctor visits. If you have insurance, check their provider list first. Since you're in a new town, ask around. Friends and coworkers may have a doctor they like working with.
The main reason to see a doctor if you're healthy in your 20s is so that you have a doctor to see when something goes wrong. Nothing worse than being on day 8 of the "flu" and having to think about all the other issues raised by OP while you're sick.
How often? I'm sure most "experts" say every year, but the trend is actually towards less frequent check-ups, so you're probably good with every 2 years. Be careful about medical records after you haven't seen a healthcare provider for 7 years, as they may destroy your file. Obviously, this is not usually an issue (or doctors wouldn't be allowed to destroy the files), but for complicated surgeries and vaccines, or anything that could come up later, it's good to make sure the records exist for a lo-o-o-ng time.
If you have insurance, including Medicaid or through your college, you start by finding out what doctors accept that insurance. You're looking for a general practitioner, family doctor, or internist. Some insurance has tiers - They'll cover 80% of care from some doctors, but 60% from others. So you need to get the list from your insurance, not the doctors or hospital. (Routine check-ups are supposed to be completely free for people with insurance beginning Oct. 2012. Not every one has changed their billing procedures, though.)
From there, you can ask friends and co-workers for a recommendation, or go by who has the most convenient location and/or hours.