There’s no question that it’s important for your health to visit the doctor on an annual basis and seek follow-up appointment when they are needed. However, there are many patients who either fail to schedule their appointments, or simply fail to go at all. At LifeAlytics, our goal is to improve the lives of patients and doctors by offering a wellness program manager that will work with individuals to provide them with the care that they need. We work with doctors, hospitals, and insurance companies to provide their clients and patients with treatment options that they didn’t think were possible. If you’re interested in learning how our program can work for you, give us a call and sign up to be our partner today!
Patients may refuse to see a doctor for a number of reasons, and as a healthcare professional, it’s important that you understand why people aren’t seeking the necessary healthcare as a way to better meet their needs. In part one of this two-part series, we discussed four reasons why people avoid going to the doctor, as we continue with part two, we will discuss even more reasons why your patients may not be reaching out to make an appointment.
Money is one of the biggest factors when it comes to the decision of whether or not to seek medical care. In some cases, patients may not have health insurance, and doctor visits simply aren’t in the budget, especially if the individual feels completely healthy. Even if the patient is covered by health insurance, they may refuse to see the doctor if a certain procedure or prescription isn’t covered or will cost a large amount of money. Even if your patients know that scheduling an appointment is the right thing to do for their health, a tight budget that would better be used on clothing, food, and bills, will often deter them from seeking the treatment they need.
They Don’t Want to Hear What They Already Know
Some patients are extremely diligent about going to the doctor, but every year they are told the same thing over and over again. For example, you may tell your patients that they need to eat more fruits and vegetables, or that they need to exercise more. While exercising and eating right may come easy for some individuals, for others it may be more difficult due to circumstances out of their control. For this reason, these patients may be tired of hearing you tell them over and over again to exercise and eat right, and eventually, they may stop coming to the doctor. In many cases, it’s easier for an individual to eliminate the constant nagging to do right by their body, especially if there are obstacles in their way that they can’t overcome. As a result, these patients will stop scheduling appointments because they believe that they already know what you’re going to say.
They Don’t Like Their Doctor
As a medical professional, you want the very best for your patients, and that includes making sure they are comfortable with you as their doctor. Finding the right doctor can be a process, but patients may not always take the time to seek help elsewhere if they don’t like the doctor or clinic they visit on a regular basis. Instead of moving on to a different practice, some patients simply stop seeing a doctor altogether. Medical professionals can all agree that they would rather their patients see someone else than refuse to receive healthcare. That’s where LifeAlytics can help.
LifeAlytics’ wellness program manager partners with both doctors and insurance companies, and can help patients find new doctors if they are unhappy with their current physician. Because the program is partnered with their insurance, they can easily pull up doctors that are in network — all the patient needs to do is schedule the appointment! Learn more about how you and your business can partner with LifeAlytics and start giving your patients the care that they deserve.
The Patient Feels Fine
All of the other reasons aside, probably one of the biggest reasons that an individual may avoid going to the doctor is because they feel fine. This reason can encompass some of the other reasons we listed above and in part one of this series. For example, if money is tight and the individual feels fine, then they will most likely not schedule an appointment. All doctors know that “feeling fine” is not always an indication of good health, but those seeking healthcare don’t always see it that way. Instead, they think that because they feel fine, there must be nothing wrong and there is no reason to schedule an appointment.
These are just a few common reasons that people avoid going to the doctor, and at LifeAlytics, our mission is to not only make it easier and more accessible to seek medical care, but we also want to create a system that makes patients more likely to get the care that they need. If you are interested in partnering with us to improve the lives of many, then browse our website to learn more and contact LifeAlytics today to get started.
We look forward to working with you.