The Sims 4 Healthcare Redux
I love all the ways that people bring new diseases and sickness to the game, but it was getting unwieldy for me in my game and I needed something a little less hands-on or not tied to a larger system so I made a healthcare mod for myself (please keep that in mind that it is heavily geared towards my own gameplay) and am sharing it with you. It does a few things so bear with me as I really didn’t want to have to go piece together ten different mods to do what I wanted and just wanted one big mod in the end.
The amazing and incomparable Sandy at AroundtheSims designed and created all the medications your sims receive to treat these conditions, injuries, and illnesses so please grab them else who knows what may happen…?!
New Deadly Diseases: Malaria and Tuberculosis.****Fair warning: these diseases can cause a new death – Death by Disease – if not treated or immunized against. Go see the doctor! Please note Malaria has no vaccine. Taking the Malaria pills or using the Elixir are your only options to fight the disease.***
New Infectious Viral and Bacterial Diseases: Bacterial Sinusitis, Bronchitis (only as cold complication), Cold, Ear Infection (Toddlers only), Gastroenteritis/Stomach Flu, Meningitis, Tonsillitis. *Note: Getting immunized for Meningitis while sick does not always remove the illness, but it should not happen again! Antibiotics will significantly increase the rate at which the illness goes away, but will not get rid of it completely.
New Chronic Conditions:Anemia, Anxiety, Asthma, Arthritis (Elders), Eczema, Insomnia, Migraines, Seasonal Affective Disorder
New Allergies: Bees, Pet Dander, General/Seasonal
New Injuries:Random Childhood Injuries, Sports Injuries. I edited the sprained ankle for CL to act more like the ones from SE. Currently you don’t need to go to the doctor to treat these injuries, but there’s a chance they can be serious and either require a cast or surgery and those require a doctor’s appointment.
Surgery-Required Complications: Appendicitis (Random), Tonsillectomy (as a complication of severe Tonsillitis), Serious Injuries
Pregnancy Related Healthcare: Prenatal Visits, Pregnancy-Related Complication/Conditions (Preeclampsia, Pregnancy Related Anemia, and Gestational Diabetes), and Prenatal Vitamins to help with fetal development (and unrealistically reduces the chance of complications). Your sim, if they have a pregnancy complication, have increased risk of labor induction and/or c-section. All new parent sims have the chance to experience the baby blues which in some cases can lead to postpartum depression.
Vitamins: Toddler, Children, Teen, and Adult Vitamins to help supplement lifestyles and keep sickness at bay. Prenatal vitamins will help with fetal development (the mother will get positive moodlets) and again unrealistically reduce the chance of complications.
Treatments: Each injury, disease, or condition has new treatments available to either treat, prevent, or cure these ailments. You can, depending on the severity of the illness/condition/injury, receive these treatments either over the counter or via prescriptions given by the doctor from the online pharmacy.
Medications and Supplements include:
Cough Syrup for Coughs and Sore Throat, Pain Relievers for Children and Toddlers as well as Teens and up, Aspirin (mostly for Arthritis), Allergy Medication (Animal Dander and General), Eczema Cream (Eczema), Anxiolytics (Anxiety and SAD), Epi-Pen (Bee Allergy), Iron Supplements (for Anemia), Vitamins (Preventative Care), Antibiotics (Bacterial Diseases), Antihypertensive Prescription (for Preeclampsia), and Prescription Cough Medication (for Bronchitis and Tuberculosis), and an Inhaler/Ventolin (for Asthma). Vaccinations are also available via well-visits or by going separately.
How It Works
All Diseases except Stomach Flu and Appendicitis last for three days. Appendicitis and Stomach Flu lasts for 24 hours. All chronic conditions are always chronic unless cheated away (i.e. the trait is removed). Minor injuries last for one day or less, and more major injuries can last up to 2 days. Pregnancy complications lasts for 6 days and are only possible once your sim is in the 2nd trimester.
How Diseases Works
For viral illnesses the most that can be done is home remedies, some over the counter medications to help sims be more comfortable (faster decay of sickness buffs, less likelihood of symptoms).
Bacterial illnesses will need to be treated with antibiotics. A prescription is needed for antibiotics which means the sim will need to go the doctor to obtain one. Once one is obtained they can fill their prescription at the online pharmacy for delivery via their inventory or mailbox. Inventory is preferred for Tuberculosis antibiotics!!!
Malaria and Tuberculosis are both deadly diseases, but they are both treatable and Tuberculosis can be prevented by immunization! You must see the doctor in order to prevent your sims from dying from these diseases. There is no chance they will go away on their own and will only get progressively worse (but maybe you like that!). You can use the antibiotics prescribed to treat Tuberculosis or you can get immunized beforehand to prevent it. Malaria can only be treated by using the bottle of Elixir or Antimalarial pills. If your treatment fails, there is a chance your sim could die of their disease.
Healthcare Services Menu
A menu on the Sim’s phone is available for all sims child and up called Healthcare Services. This is the hub for all available healthcare services. Your sims can make an appointment, attend an appointment at any time after making one, go to therapy, go to the hospital, get vaccinated, or go to the acupuncturist. Toddlers can only attend appointments by clicking on the toddler themselves! Once sims have booked a doctor’s appointment, they also have the option to schedule a time on the calendar to attend the appointment in the future. When it’s time for the appointment event to start, send the sim to the doctor appointment as usual.
Sims can buy over the counter pharmaceuticals on the computer under the Purchase Pharmaceuticals option on the Healthcare Services menu. Your sim can also fill any prescriptions by using the online pharmacy under the Healthcare Services menu. A prescription from the doctor is required in order for this option to appear!
Types of Appointments
Well visits are an important part of a Sim’s health. They are currently needed every 14 days (28 days in the Long version). They can provide the opportunity to be immunized! They can also help uncover valuable information.
****All sims will need to have an initial well visit to have the full utilization of the mod! ****
Sims who are not feeling well can make an appointment with the doctor to get checked out. However, at this time, sims with the stomach flu and bronchitis do not need to be seen because they are visible. You can, however, book an appointment for a cold if you’re not sure that’s what you really have…
If your sim develops a chronic condition or an allergy, your sim will need to be seen by the doctor in order to be diagnosed. Some allergies and chronic conditions require medication for proper care.
*Note: You may need to have more than one diagnosis visit though this should be a rarity. For instance, your sim could develop an illness and a new, undiagnosed allergy at the same time. This will require one visit to the GP to get checked out for the illness and another to the allergist.*
Therapist (for anyone, but made for those Sims with Anxiety, Postpartum Depression, and Seasonal Affective Disorder)
The therapist is available for one on one sessions with your sims. They can diagnose your sim with Anxiety, SAD, or Postpartum Depression if applicable. This option is only available if your sim is sad, stressed, angry, concerned, or pessimistic. (Note, this is not in-depth and not meant to be a replacement for the specific mental health mods out there)
Acupuncturist (for anyone, but made for those with injuries, sleep disorder, and migraines)
Going to the acupuncturist can be enlightening, relieving, and relaxing for your sims! This option is only available if your sims are in pain, uncomfortable, or stressed.
OB/GYN (for pregnancy)
Pregnancy well visits are done by the OB/GYN. The doctor will give your sim updates on the development of their baby. They can also diagnose and prescribe treatment for any pregnancy complications. Your sim will receive notifications when it is time to schedule their prenatal appointments.
If your sim has the misfortune of needing a Tonsillectomy, Appendectomy, Anemic-induced Blood Transfusion, Labor Induction, or Surgery due to a major Injury, the option to go to the hospital will be available for these procedures.
Every Sim employed is automatically opted into insurance. This gives them discounted rates on all healthcare services. If your sim loses their job or quits, they have 36 sim hours to get a new one before their healthcare runs out. The healthcare of the new job will take precedence. Medicare is available for all Elders who are not employed. Medicaid is available for children and toddlers who are not under the insurance of an adult. Anyone who does not have a job will be Uninsured which will result in much higher healthcare services costs.
- Custom Content This is the addition of player-made clothing or objects to the game. Sometimes just referred to in The Sims community as “CC”.
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- Enable Mods via the options panel : The setting can be found in “Options > Other > Enable Custom Content and Mods.” and Restart the game