It is best to have an annual physical check-up yearly. Although I am a work-at-home mom, I manage myself to have a yearly health examination. This year I am planning to have my health examination this month.
A few years ago, I remember when I am still working in a company there are free health benefits. There is health card covering check-up, sickness and hospitalization assistance and also some medicare supplements depending on their policy. There is a small monthly deduction from the salary when you enroll an additional person to benefit from the health card.
My plan checklist for health examination: (recommended for mommy)
- Papanicolaou test (Pap smear) – it is a screening test used in gynecology to detect premalignant and malignant (cancerous) processes in the endocervical canal (transformation zone).
- Physical examination
- Urinalysis – a test used to detect and measure various compounds that pass through the urine.
- Fecalysis – tests done on fecal samples to analyze the condition of a person’s digestive tract in general.
- Chest X-ray – is a projection radiograph of the chest used to diagnose conditions affecting the chest, its contents, and nearby structures.
- CBC (complete blood count) – is used as a broad screening test to check for such disorders as anemia, infection, and many other diseases
- Blood Test (lipid profile) – a test that measures both HDL and LDL levels along with total cholesterol. It will help the doctor evaluates patient’s risk factor or heart disease.
The seven test that I mentioned above is really my plan for the checkup but before I start the test I will keep myself fit and healthy. I will shoulder my health examination expenses because I am an independent contractor which has no health benefits compared to regular employees. I am planning to continue my Philhealth contribution because it has a good health program and not expensive. Like in the US, certain people and families with low income relied more on medicaid.