When Your Doctor Behaves More Like a Salesperson

If you're unsure about a product or test your doctor recommends, get a second opinion.

Recently, I moved. So when my semi-annual cleaning time came around, I found a local dentist and set up an appointment. What I thought would be a routine appointment was instead a hard sell for various dental products like whiteners and Invisalign. These are not products I need. I was subjected to 6 years of braces and orthodontic ... Read More...

Back to School Time Means Back to the Doctor’s Office for Vaccinations

Do you plan on having your baby vaccinated?

It’s back to school season. There are books to buy, teachers to meet and doctor visits to schedule for school shots. But for some children, the visit will be accompanied by fewer needles than their peers are faced with, or even none at all. According to a recent article in Pharmacy Times, more parents are choosing alternative vaccination ... Read More...

What To Do When a Doctor Won’t Accept New Patients

The right doctor is out there! You just gotta know where to look.

We've all found ourselves in need of a primary care doctor: whether you've moved to a new area, your trusted family physician has retired, or the doctor you've been seeing just isn't living up to your expectations. The thought of having to identify someone new and then rebuild the intimate doctor-patient relationship can seem ... Read More...

Roundup: Recipes for healthy snacks from Moms around the office

Banana (Faux) Ice Cream

The moms of Vitals are an exemplary bunch. They're fiercely devoted to what's most important to them: their crafts (with each making major contributions to the Vitals mission) and, most of all, their children. And their dedication to raising healthy, happy children is especially evident through the creative and wholesome snacks they prepare for ... Read More...

Roundup: Great health apps our staff is using now

The Vitals app let's you save front and back pictures of your insurance cards for easy access.

Using technology to improve health is kind of our thing here at Vitals. So it's no wonder that we're all big fans of various health-related applications for your smart phone. Here's a rundown of some of our favorites: Nike+ Running Our marketing manager Gina says: "Love how it keeps tracks of my distance and pace. They also added in ... Read More...

Do Kids Need Multi-Vitamins?

Kids' vitamins may be fun to eat, but not always necessary (drink2health.net)

If your child looks forward to his daily vitamin chew like it's a piece of candy, the following information may not be something he wants you to know: Kids don't need to take daily vitamin supplements. According to Dr. Jay Hoecker, kids who are growing normally don't need multi-vitamins because they most likely get all of the nutrition ... Read More...

Health Insurance 101: The Main Plan Types and How They Differ

Understanding the different health plan types doesn't have to be as hard as trying to read your doctor's handwriting.

For most people, the first criterion for choosing a doctor is finding one who will accept your health insurance - an understandable requirement since having the best doctor in the world won't matter if you can't afford his/her care. But to many of us (myself included), health insurance is nothing more than an intangible item that involves ... Read More...

Too old? When kids outgrow their pediatrician

If your doctor's office still looks like this in your 20s, it may be time to consider switching doctors (bennadel.com)

I was about to leave for college after a summer home when my mom made an innocent suggestion. “Perhaps you should go to the doctor for a check-up.” I groaned. It wasn’t that I didn’t like my doctor. He was smart, funny, and a good listener. The problem was he was my pediatrician – and I was 19 years old. I went for the ... Read More...

Medical Tourism – At Home and Abroad

Would you consider flying for treatment within the U.S.? (onewed.com)

It's a well-known fact that many Americans travel to countries in South America and Asia for surgical procedures (particularly cosmetic) that cost a fraction of the price they do in the U.S.  But did you know Americans are also traveling to other states in the U.S. to take advantage of favorable variations in healthcare costs? In fact, some ... Read More...