Doctors Drive Across Country to Encourage Men to Go to the Doctor’s Office


Although experts say that preventative care is an essential part of staying healthy, men are notorious for putting off visits to the doctor.

In a recent survey commissioned by the medical group Orlando Health, 24 percent of the men who responded said they were too busy to schedule checkups.

Another 22 percent said they were afraid of finding out what might be wrong, and 19 percent said they wanted to avoid uncomfortable medical exams.

It’s time for men to drop those excuses, say Dr. Jamin Brahmbhatt and Dr. Sijo Parekattil, both urologists with Orlando Health in Florida.

The two doctors, along with a team of about a dozen helpers, drove from Orlando to Los Angeles last week as part of a campaign to get men to treat their bodies as well as they treat their cars.

“When it comes to their cars, guys are obsessive,” Parekattil told Healthline in a phone call from the road. “They take care of them. They do tune-ups.”

But when it comes to their own bodies, he said, many men don’t perform the same kind of routine maintenance.