Preventive Medicine Specialists

Karen Kim, MD, PC

Cosmetic Specialist & Internist located in Downtown, Los Angeles, CA

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” has never been more true than today when more than 75% of our nation’s health care spending goes toward those with chronic medical conditions. In an effort to combat such an alarming trend, Dr. Karen Kim has devoted her practice to preventive medicine on behalf of her Downtown Los Angeles patients.

Preventive Medicine Q & A

What is preventive medicine?

While all doctors practice preventive medicine, there is still some confusion about what this involves. In addition to screening patients for conditions, injuries, and diseases related to their medical complaints, physicians regularly screen patients for preventable diseases and conditions. Still, Americans use preventive services at half of the rate they should. In fact, one study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine showed that more than 15% of all deaths in 2010 could have been prevented through rigorous preventive medicine protocols.

What preventive medicine screenings should I have and when?

You will be screened for fever, high blood pressure, and obesity during every visit with Dr. Kim. This is simply done by taking your temperature, blood pressure, and weight at the beginning of every appointment. Additionally, specialized testing may be ordered on the following schedule:

  • Bone density test – Women over age 65.
  • Cholesterol Screening – Every five years beginning at age 35.
  • Colonoscopy – Adults over the age of 50, unless there is a family history of colorectal cancer.
  • Mammogram – Every two years beginning at age 50, unless there is a family history of breast cancer.
  • Pap Test – Every three years beginning at age 21.
  • Prostate Exam – Every year beginning at age 50 if there is no history of prostate problems.

Most preventive health exams and tests are covered by standard health insurance and can be scheduled at your convenience.

Why should I take part in preventive medicine?

Chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease, and type II diabetes can are preventable yet account for seven out of every ten deaths in America each year. They also account for more than three-fourths of the nation’s health care spending.  Detection through regular screenings can aid in preventable conditions and diseases being treated in their earliest stages when they are most responsive to conventional medicine.

Detection of cancer, heart disease, and other chronic medical conditions in their earlier stages can also save you thousands of dollars in health care expenses. For more information on preventive medicine and how it can affect your health, contact Karen Kim, MD, PC for a consultation.

Major Insurance Plans Accepted

At Dr. Kim's office, we accept most major insurance plans. Here is a short-list of just some of the most popular plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed here.

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Blue Shield
Oscar Health Insurance Co.
United Healthcare