Recently, I made a decision to curate a series of old blog posts that relate to topics that have a common thread so that people who are new to this site do not have to go digging through several years of content to find relevant information.

On a personal level, the blog series will also help clients who join our group coaching programs access relevant information.

Well, it’s almost the end of the year, and if you have not already, it’s time to schedule an annual health maintenance examination with your healthcare provider. If you have done that already, bravo.

If you happen to be reading this in the United States, this is also a time called ‘open enrollment’ which is a time to choose a new insurance plan for the next year. There are a lot of decisions that go into the process.

Blog post 1– Most insurance plans require that you have a primary care physician. And even if this is not a requirement, I highly recommend you have a primary care physician. Primary care physicians are specialists in either pediatrics (for children and young adults up to 18), family practice, and internal medicine.

Whom you select as your healthcare provider can have an impact on your overall health and wellbeing. You should feel comfortable sharing your health concerns with your primary healthcare provider. You should also have confidence that they have your best interests at heart and are prepared to be your advocate when it comes to issues related to your overall health and wellbeing. Sometimes that may mean telling you stuff you may not want to hear, but in the long run, it will be beneficial to your overall health and wellbeing. In this post, I share some tips on how to select a healthcare provider.

Blog post 2- It’s time for that scheduled office visit to see your healthcare provider. It is important to make the most use of your visit. This starts from the time you enter the office and interact with the front desk staff to the time you are taken into the private examining room and see your healthcare provider. Here are ten things to make the most of your visit with your healthcare provider.

Blog post 3- For those living with type 2 diabetes, office visits with their healthcare provider is an important aspect of their overall care. Regrettably in our current healthcare environment, these office visits are few and far between and shortened to about 7.5 minutes because of the ‘double booked’ feature that is built into some scheduling systems. In this blog post, I share tips on how to make the most of your visit to your healthcare provider.

Blog post 4– There has been some talk about the ‘futility of the annual physical’ and I tend to disagree with that concept. When I encounter resistance from patients about the need for an annual physical, I playfully ask if they would drive their cars for an entire year without changing the oil? If the answer is no (I hope that is the answer you would give) then why would you not get an annual health maintenance check? Besides most insurance plans will cover an annual health maintenance exam at little or no cost. In this final article, I share my personal thoughts about whether you need an annual physical.