Preventive Care

DEFINITION

Routine health care that includes screenings, check-ups, and patient counseling. The goal of preventive care is to prevent illnesses and diseases, or to detect illnesses early when treatment is likely to work best.

EXAMPLE

Preventive care involves screenings (like mammograms or blood pressure tests), vaccines, and yearly physicals to prevent illness from occurring. Better than seeing the doctor when you are ill, if you receive preventive care, you can prevent getting sick in the first place. It is also very important to monitor other parts of your body that you might not even know have issues. The best way to make sure you are healthy is by getting preventive care.