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Medical Self Care

Good Health Starts with You!

Medical Self Care
Medical Self Care

Live a healthier lifestyle through preventive maintenance. Being aware of and prepared for your health care needs can help you make better health decisions for you and your family. Medical self care does not replace your primary care provider. It is about you, the patient, understanding prevention, health screenings, and how to make the most out of your medical visit.

Check this webpage often; new information will be added regularly.

Step 1: Get Ready!

Find a doctor - before you need one!

It's easier to find a doctor when you are feeling well and can take the time to search for one who matches your health care needs. Having your own doctor, or "primary care doctor", makes it easier to coordinate appointments, tests, prescriptions, ... and more. Most importantly, it results in better care for you. Talk with friends and co-workers and/or go to your local hospital(s) websites where there may be a listing of physicians and their specialties. Read Choosing a primary care provider. When you find a doctor you like, call to ask if that doctor is taking new patients and whether they are a Blue Cross of Idaho provider (in network). Then make an appointment for a checkup. Start now! (See the Provider Directory for Blue Cross of Idaho.)

Choosing a Doctor: Quick Tips

Finding a Good Doctor

Idaho Medical Association Physician Finder

American Medical Association DoctorFinder

Collect Data: Health History Tools

Did you know...95% of your diagnosis is based on your medical history? (Source: Association for American Physicians and Surgeons). Help your doctor nail it! Gather your data. Choose carefully when using a third party website, or create and save your own record.

Note: You may need info from your medical records to complete your health history. Your medical records are yours. Make a request in writing to your provider(s) for a copy. Expect to pay a fee. It can take several weeks to receive your copies.

Health Risk Assessments

Take a Health Risk Assessment or Personal Health Assessment. Share the results with your doctor and start a discussion. Health risk assessments can help you identify and set wellness goals.

Step 2: Go!

Prepare for Your Medical Appointment

Preventive Screening

Be an active participant in managing your health. Keep current on screenings and immunizations.

Health Literacy

"And that means I should...?"
Medical terms are foreign to most of us. It can be challenging to understand all or something your doctor has recommended. If something is unclear, what can you do?

  • Ask the doctor to repeat the information
  • Ask the doctor to use non-medical terms, if possible
  • Repeat back to the doctor, in your words, what you understand he/she said

Step 3: Taking Care of You

Use Good Health Habits!

  • Wear your seat belt
  • Have preventive screenings annually (see above)
  • Stay clean - wash your hands!
  • Get your annual flu shot
  • Get your teeth and eyes checked regularly
  • Review your medications annually with your doctor...ask about generics, changing dosage if appropriate
  • Research medical expenditures - shop for bargains
  • Do you have a medical condition? Wear an alert tag, bracelet, necklace, or shoe tag. It will help your co-workers, family, and friends help you and it could mean the difference between life and death

Four numbers you should know

Know your insurance benefits/coverage

For information about State of Idaho employee group insurance benefits, visit the Office of Group Insurance website. The website includes important information about employee’s medical, dental, disability, life insurance, flexible spending accounts, newsletters and more. You may also contact the office at 208-332-1860 or 1-800-531-0597, or via email at

Advance Directives & Healthcare Power of Attorney

Stay in control! Make your healthcare wishes known before a crisis. In Idaho, you can make your wishes known now and have them honored in the future through Advance Directives. These documents empower someone to speak for you in the event you are unable to communicate your medical treatment wishes.

Mental Health Resources


Resource Organizations

Digital Estate Planning Tips

Ensure your family can find and access your important online accounts and information. Make a list and give it to someone you trust or put it in your safe deposit box. Make it easy for your family to manage your online business, if you are unable to do so. Things to include...

  • Online bank accounts, credit cards, and investment accounts
  • Websites and blogs you use or sites where you store photos
  • Online shopping accounts
  • Social media accounts
  • Accounts/location for movies, digital music, playlists, audio books
  • External hard drives and info stored on flash drives
  • Digital mailing/contact lists
  • Online newsletter subscription lists
  • Online and/or auto-bill-pay vs paper/credit pay
  • Email accounts and personal website
  • Contact information for your financial and healthcare power of attorney designees
  • Financial planner name/email/phone
  • Originals of your will, trust, healthcare advance directive, financial power of attorney
  • Your employer's Human Resource contact information


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