The Cost of Healthcare, Longevity & Quality of Life, & Prevention

The leading causes of death in the United States include cardiovascular disease, cerebrovascular disease, cancer, and respiratory disease. Development and worsening of these disease sets is largely influenced by our lifestyles and the environment we expose ourselves to. Researchers at M.D. Anderson, for instance, estimate that 90-95% of cancers are related to lifestyle and environmental exposure. From quitting smoking to being physically active to limiting alcohol consumption to eating healthfully, and in many other ways, how we live our lives matters - to our quality of life, to our longevity, and, with the high cost of treating preventable health problems, to our and our childens' pocketbooks.

At your office visits, Dr. Mock will proactively engage you to help you minimize the development and worsening of preventable disease. Often, this includes lifestyle change, and, often, it includes obtaining those evidence-based preventive health services that been shown to save lives (e.g., colonoscopies, mammograms, pap smears, etc.).

Today, many insurance plans (except those grandfathered or excluded from the Affordable Care Act) must cover evidence-based preventive services with no patient cost-sharing (note: other services, such as preparatory & follow-up visits, anaesthesia, & any diagnostic procedures, such as removal of a breast mass likely have normal patient cost-sharing under your plan). With the web tools and links below, find out which evidence-based preventive services are right for you and ask Dr. Mock how you can do what you need to do to improve your current & future health.

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