Wellness Exams

Understanding Wellness Exams

Wellness exams serve as a form of preventive healthcare aimed at preserving your health and preventing diseases before they start. These visits are an opportunity to check-in on your health status with your doctor proactively, rather than responding to health issues as they arise.

Typically conducted annually, wellness exams are distinct from other medical visits for illness or injury and are often covered by health insurance, although not all associated costs, like lab work or additional testing, may be covered. Most insurance policies offer one wellness exam per year, making it a beneficial opportunity not to miss. Coverage can vary, so checking your specific insurance policy is advisable.

What Does A Wellness Exam Entail?

During a wellness visit, your doctor assesses your general health, offers advice on health improvement, and identifies any early signs of health issues.

Key elements of the exam may include:

  • A thorough physical examination
  • Vital signs check
  • Body Mass Index (BMI) evaluation
  • Review of personal and family health history
  • Lifestyle and health habits discussion
  • Various screenings and immunizations
  • Developing a personalized health plan

The specific screenings offered can depend on your age, gender, and risk factors, and might cover a range of tests from cholesterol and blood pressure to screenings for cancer, osteoporosis, or sexually transmitted diseases.

The consultation also provides an opportunity to discuss lifestyle factors such as stress, exercise, diet, and substance use. This dialogue is crucial for tailoring advice on healthy living choices. Honesty is key—providing complete information enables you and your doctor to collaborate effectively towards optimal health outcomes.

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It's important to communicate any health questions, concerns, or issues during your wellness visit to enhance your care quality. Preparing a list of questions for your doctor beforehand can be helpful.

With most insurance plans fully covering annual wellness visits without copays, these check-ups are pivotal for sustaining good health. Verify your eligibility under your insurance plan and schedule your next wellness exam with a Midwest Urgent Care physician to stay on top of your health!

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