Why is Preventive Health Care Important?

What does “preventive health care” really mean?

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DR. RODGERS: You may have heard the term “preventive health care,” but what does that really mean?

Hi, I’m Dr. Griffin Rodgers, director of the National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive, and Kidney Diseases at NIH.

My colleague, Dr. Cara James, director of the Office of Minority Health at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, explains:

DR. JAMES: Preventive health care focuses on the health of individuals and communities, and aims to protect and maintain health and well-being, and to prevent disease, disability and death.

Services include health screenings and check-ups. Having a health care provider whom you can trust and who knows your health needs can ensure you get the appropriate care, help you make healthy lifestyle choices, improve your mental and emotional well-being, and help you reach your health and wellness goals.

DR. RODGERS: For more information, visit GO.CMS.gov forward slash OMH and follow us on Twitter @NIDDKgov. This is Dr. Griffin Rodgers.

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