Preventative health is still important

The COVID-19 pandemic has meant big changes to our normal routines. Nearly every Arizonan has had to make a lot of sacrifices. At Blue Cross® Blue Shield® of Arizona (BCBSAZ), we want to be sure your everyday health isn’t one of them.

Even during these unusual times, it’s important to stay on top of your primary and preventive care needs. Keeping wellness-related appointments now can help protect you against more serious health concerns down the road. Give yourself the gift of staying on schedule with screenings and annual exams. Here are a few primary care tips.

Maintain everyday wellness practices

You can always honor healthy habits, even while practicing social distancing. Stick to the basics: eat a balanced diet, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, and do what’s necessary to nurture your emotional self. Relying on these tried-and-true practices can help you feel better physically and emotionally during times of stress and uncertainty.

Continue taking your medications

There’s no need to let the pandemic interrupt your medication routine. Continue taking your prescribed medicines unless or until your doctor says otherwise. BCBSAZ is now making it easier than ever to get refills, including by mail. Go to our website to learn about the latest pharmacy benefit changes we’ve made in response to COVID-19.

Get your regular screenings

Check with your healthcare provider to see if you can keep any existing appointments for annual exams and screenings that you set up before the COVID- 19 outbreak. If you haven’t yet scheduled your appointments for this year, consider doing so now. That includes mammograms, Pap smears, colonoscopies, and screenings for prostate cancer, diabetes, blood pressure, cholesterol, and more.

Keep vaccination schedules

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends a very specific schedule for infant and child vaccinations. Following these timetables will help children develop immunities to a variety of potentially dangerous diseases, including hepatitis, polio, diphtheria, measles, meningitis, human papillomavirus, and more. Pediatricians and family practitioners are making accommodations to be sure their patients receive vaccinations on time. If you have children or grandchildren, check with their doctor about how to keep these important appointments.

Rely on BCBSAZ

Now, as always, BCBSAZ is here for your health. Tips, resources, and tools are just a click away!

Log into your MyBlue account to:

  • Get tips and guidance about preventative care.

  • Use our "Find a Doctor" tool to locate doctors, and other healthcare professionals, hospitals, and facilities in your network. You can search by name, provider type, or distance from your location.

  • Try our "Cost for Procedures" tool to get estimates on services like X-rays and treatment for common conditions. Remember—you pay less out of pocket when you use doctors and hospitals in the network that comes with your plan. With some plans, only services from in-network providers are covered.