Healthy Conversations

Helping members find the right care at the right time with helpful conversation starters to have with their doctors.

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When Do I Need a Vitamin D Test?

Dec. 12, 2019: Vitamin D is one of the important vitamins our bodies need to be healthy. Talk to your doctor about boosting your vitamin D with sun exposure, food and supplements before having a vitamin D test. 

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What To Do If You Experience Lower Back Pain

Updated May 2023: Thousands of South Carolinians see doctors each year for lower back pain. It is important to know what kind of care to seek when you experience this kind of pain and to know the questions to ask your doctor. 

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Helping Patients Get the Right Care

Oct. 3, 2019: Don’t be afraid to talk to your doctor. A campaign supported by BlueCross aims to provide patients resources to jumpstart conversations with their doctors.

Addressing Low-Value Care 

July 8, 2021: Health care costs have been rising in the United States in recent years. Many in the health care industry have been looking at ways to curb this steady increase. One way is to cut down on unnecessary treatments and tests or low-value care. 

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Don’t Understand? ASK Your Doctor

Sept. 21, 2021: A complete understanding of your health care will help you decide whether to have certain tests, treatments or procedures. BlueCross' Always Stay Knowledgeable program seeks to raise awareness about the importance of conversations between patients and providers.

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5 Ways to Prevent Back Pain 

Dec. 9, 2021: Back pain is among one of the most common complaints to doctors. Thousands of South Carolinians seek help for back pain each year. Here are some ways to care for your back muscles and prevent potential injuries. 

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How to Talk to Your Doctor

Jan. 13, 2022: Starting a conversation with your doctor or health care provider can be intimidating. It is important, though, that you feel comfortable asking questions and taking an active role in your medical care. Here's a few ways to be prepared and get the conversation started. 

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When Do You Need an Antibiotic? 

April 8, 2022: Antibiotics are commonly used to treat infections in children and adults. But these medications can be overused or taken incorrectly. It is important to be informed about these medications before taking them. 

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What To Do if You Have Migraine Headaches 

Sept. 14, 2022: Have you felt the sharp pain of migraine? It’s a common condition, affecting about 1 in 5 women and 1 in 15 men. Some prescription drugs are common treatment but physicians caution using these medicines for migraines. 

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6 Things To Know Before Allergy Season 

Feb. 21, 2023: People who suffer from seasonal allergies likely know the pain of sinus infections. These infections are often treated with antibiotics. Medical experts recommend waiting before getting an antibiotic. One BlueCross expert explains why. 

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What Parents Should Know About Antibiotics for Children

Sept. 7, 2023: Antibiotics are prescribed to treat certain bacterial infections. These important medications come with side effects and should not be taken too frequently. Our medical expert shares important things parents should know when kids are sick during cold and flu season. 

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