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Take Charge of Your Health with Free Annual Wellness Visits

When it comes to your health, it’s never too early to take preventive measures. One way you can keep a pulse on your health is to schedule a yearly wellness visit at HealthCARE Express.

Covered by Medicare and most health insurance providers, annual wellness visits give you an opportunity to have an in-depth conversation with a doctor about your health. Medicare and most insurance providers cover annual wellness visits. However, only 50% of insured Americans know that they have access to these free annual visits. Annual wellness visits are an important part of your primary care, and they are beneficial even if you think you’re healthy.

Preparing for your wellness visit

Help your doctor have a clear picture of your health by bringing information that will help them understand your health history. That may include:

  • A list of healthcare providers, medical equipment companies, or community-based providers who contribute to your healthcare
  • A list of your medications and vitamins, your dosage, and how often you take them
  • Results of screening tests you’ve received from other providers

Your provider may also ask you to complete paperwork or questionnaires before your visit.

Write down a list of questions you have about your health and bring it to your annual wellness visit. Don’t rely on your memory—it can be easy to forget your specific questions or concerns once you’re in the exam room.

You may also want to recruit a family member or close friend to come to the appointment with you. Having an advocate by your side can be a big help if you suffer from “white-coat syndrome,” where doctors make you nervous and hesitant to speak up.

What to expect during your wellness visit

Your wellness visit will include a brief physical examination, as well as a vitals check and a BMI measurement. You'll discuss your personal and family medical histories, as well as your current lifestyle and health choices.

During an annual wellness visit, your doctor may ask about your physical activity, diet, or drug, tobacco, and alcohol use. You may also talk about behavioral health issues such as stress, depression, and anxiety.

Your doctor may also recommend screenings or labs depending on your age, risk level, and gender. They’ll make referrals to specialists if necessary. Recommended screenings or vaccinations can help prevent future illness and medical expenses. Ask your doctor to explain their reasoning and provide alternatives if they recommend any procedures. If a specific procedure makes you uncomfortable, there may be other options for addressing that health concern.

Most importantly, you’ll have the opportunity to discuss your health concerns, look at preventive measures, and set health goals with your doctor. Your annual wellness visit will help you stay on the right track and motivate you to be proactive about your health.

Scheduling your screening

It’s important to note that annual wellness visits are different from traditional annual physicals, which may require a copay or additional fees. An annual physical focuses on routine measurements and tests, but an annual wellness visit provides a big picture view of your health. When you schedule your annual wellness visit, make sure you use the correct language.

Scheduling your exam at HealthCARE Express is easy! Find a location near you and call us to schedule your annual wellness exam today.