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About Preventive care

Preventative care–also known as preventative health services–is a form of health care dedicated to helping find and prevent health problems before they occur. Many healthcare plans feature preventative care in their coverage, meaning that appointments or visits booked to prevent health problems are covered by insurance.

No matter what your insurance status is, preventative care is a crucial part of living a healthy life. A 2015 study showed that only 8% of Americans receive the preventative care recommended for them. 5% don’t receive any preventative care at all.

Preventative Care Services

Adult preventative care usually involves screening for chronic conditions and lifestyle adjustments when needed.

Preventative care services for adults include:

  • Blood pressure and cholesterol tests
  • Screening tests for diabetes
  • Screening tests for breast, cervical, colorectal, testicular, and prostate cancer
  • Flu shots and vaccinations
  • Counseling for lifestyle adjustments such as eating healthfully, losing weight, quitting smoking, and reducing alcohol use
  • Screening for mental health disorders like depression

Preventative care for children involves screening for certain conditions related to development, vaccinations, and annual check-ups.

Preventative services for children include:

  • Vaccinations (notably polio, DTaP, MMR, and chicken pox)
  • Well-baby and well-child visits (routine check-ups performed every year to monitor a child’s growth and development milestones)
  • Screening for developmental and mental disorders like autism and depression

Health History

It’s important that you make an effort to learn what you can about your family’s health history and your own medical background. Certain conditions like high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and diabetes can run in families. Getting a sense of what health concerns might be hereditary for you can provoke health care providers to screen you more frequently for those conditions. If high cholesterol runs in your family, for instance, your doctor may elect to have you undergo lipid panel testing more frequently than you might otherwise to ensure that you don’t develop the condition.

Similarly, if you have a history of previously diagnosed health conditions or a history of adverse reactions to certain medications or procedures, you should inform your health care provider about what these are.

You should also be honest about your lifestyle. A recent study found that 47% of adults lie to their doctor. Many adults lie about their diet, substance use, and exercise habits. Preventative care is meant to help reduce the risk of complications caused by unhealthy habits (like smoking, drinking excessively, or eating unhealthfully). Being open and honest with your doctor about these factors can help ensure that you are getting the care you need.

If you only see a doctor when you are unwell, you’re already too late. Scheduling regular preventative care like annual check-ups, screening tests, and vaccinations can help you detect health problems before they cause you any discomfort. Preventative care plays a key role in helping you live a long and healthy life.

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Frequently asked questions about preventative care on Sesame

Yes! Sesame offers convenient and affordable telehealth visits with licensed health care providers across the country so you can talk through any concerns or questions you may have from the comfort of your own home. Doctors on Sesame can diagnose health conditions, write prescriptions, and offer referrals when needed.

Some preventative care services DO require an in-person appointment. Blood work and some screening exams need to be conducted in person rather than over video. Full physical exams also require an in-person appointment.

If you have concerns about your health or wellness, or want to talk through what kind of screening tests you should undergo, talk to a health care provider over video to get the answers you need right away.

It depends. Telehealth platforms like Sesame make it easier than ever to see a doctor online from the comfort of your home through virtual visits. These are real-time video chats with doctors and providers that are used to address symptoms, discuss prescriptions, and screen for health care conditions. Telehealth (also known as telemedicine) is a convenient way to see a health care provider without requiring the commute and waiting rooms of office visits.

In-person visits, however, are vital health services. Certain conditions and specialty care services cannot be diagnosed or performed via a telehealth visit. Lab testing, for instance, often requires an in-person appointment at a doctor's office. Similarly, some physical exams, chronic condition consultations, and urgent care needs require in-person care. Some patients feel more comfortable receiving their care through in-person doctor visits, and many telehealth services require in-person visits before a condition can be definitively diagnosed.

Health care marketplaces like Sesame offer both in-person and virtual care options. If you're unsure whether or not you need to see a provider face-to-face, we recommend that you book a video doctor visit to discuss your concerns and talk through any symptoms you may be experiencing. If an in-person doctor appointment is required, you can easily book a visit through Sesame's scheduling platform.

Telehealth is primarily used to increase access to quality health care for individuals around the world. Many people have a hard time finding a quality clinic, or do not have the time to sit in waiting rooms before an appointment. Currently, the coronavirus pandemic has made people nervous about office visits. Telehealth can help calm these anxieties by letting you receive your routine check-up or discuss non-urgent symptoms without having to leave home.

After you book an online doctor appointment, you will receive an email with a link to join the video visit. You will also be able to access this link in another reminder email you will receive 30 minutes prior to the appointment start time, as well as within your account.

Sesame works via a weblink. There is no need to download any software to have a telehealth appointment on Sesame. Sesame works on all modern web browsers.

To book an online doctor visit through Sesame, visit Use our search bar to look up the issue you may need addressed (such as "Prescription Refill", "Sore Throat", or "Urgent Care"). From there, you can browse relevant providers and our transparent prices to find the clinician or doctor that you want to see - at the price you want to pay. You can look at that provider's availability to schedule a virtual visit that works for your schedule. Finally, pay for your appointment upfront and wait for the booking confirmation email to get the link to your appointment.

Nope! Sesame connects patients directly to doctors through our easy-to-use booking platform. That means you can get great care with top-rated health care providers without involving insurance companies. Skip the costly co-pays and premiums when you book an online doctor's appointment through Sesame. Prices on Sesame are transparent, and payment is easy. In many cases, you can pay for your visit with a one-time upfront cash price - usually 60% less than what you'll find through insurance networks. So, not only are you saving money, but you're also getting the best care available from the comfort of your own home.

After you book a video appointment, you will receive both an initial confirmation and a reminder via email and text.

There are three ways in which a video visit can be accessed:

  • Select "Join virtual appointment" from the booking confirmation email.
  • If you have an existing account or created one at purchase, log in at, navigate to 'My appointments,' and select "Join virtual appointment."
  • Click the link in the text message sent to you 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment time.

We suggest using Google Chrome, Firefox, or Safari to connect to your visit.

After booking your telehealth appointment on Sesame, you will receive a link to test the phone, tablet, or computer where you will speak with your provider. Sesame will send you a unique and secure webpage for you to access your telehealth appointment directly from your web browser. In the rare case that you run into any technical issues, our friendly support team is available to walk you through any challenges.
Yes! Providers on Sesame meet the highest standards of quality. Many medical conditions can be immediately and conveniently diagnosed during a telehealth appointment.

You can use your phone, tablet, or computer for a telehealth appointment on Sesame. Sesame works on the web through your web browser - Google Chrome, Safari, Microsoft Edge or Firefox. It is easy to connect in just a few seconds with a quality Sesame provider who is ready to listen to your medical concerns.

Sesame supports face to face video communications, but turning on your video is not required if this makes you uncomfortable.

Yes, physicians on Sesame can prescribe a wide range of medications, which can be useful for infections, allergies, and other acute ailments. Please note that they will not prescribe certain drugs, such as narcotics or medications that have been designated controlled substances through telehealth.

Otherwise, many of the prescriptions available in an office setting or urgent care can be prescribed if your clinician deems it appropriate.

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