Sunday, August 16, 2009

Do you use your medical benefits?

There is an awful lot of conversation around benefits right now. A whole bunch and I don't need to rehash it here.

But this was something I really wasn't prepared for it. People who have benefits and don't use them.

I am grateful for the medical benefits that I have and use. And while not many people think preventative medicine is sexy and exciting, I do. Every year, I have a mammogram, pap smear, physical and two visits to the dentist. In posting on Twitter my fun and delight waiting for my annual mammogram, I had a response from a woman who doesn't have mammograms. One reason she stated was that she is afraid of x-rays. I was stunned.

I know two women right now battling through breast cancer and both got caught early because of mammograms. Each with a spouse and children. I am pretty sure that the low dose x-ray was worth saving a life. Read a little about another great HR friend's fight against cancer. Read Kelly Mitton's post here.

So I wonder, do you use your benefits? If not, why not?

1 comment:

Steve Boese said...

Great advice for sure. I am not smart enough to know how to 'fix' health care in the US, but there can be no arguing that preventative examinations and procedures are certainly one important part of the solution. Thanks for sharing your story with all of us.