Annual wellness visit: Why do it and what to expect | Norton Healthcare Louisville, Ky.

How an annual wellness visit keeps you healthy

An annual wellness visit with a primary care provider can help catch any emerging conditions and allows you to develop an ongoing relationship with a health care provider.

An annual wellness visit with a primary care provider can help catch any emerging conditions and allows you to develop an ongoing relationship with a health care provider.

Having that relationship makes communicating sensitive information much easier and allows for better overall care because you’ve got someone looking out for your health. With most insurance plans, your annual visit is covered 100% with no copays.

Schedule your annual wellness visit for your birthday every year so you don’t forget.

Reasons to schedule an annual wellness visit:

  • Ensure your immunizations are up to date, including a flu shot and shingles vaccine.
  • Discuss symptoms that may be bothering you or lifestyle changes you may want to make
  • Ask about general health concerns.
  • Your primary care provider can discuss whether you are ready for a mammogram, colonoscopy or other screening typically covered by health insurance.
  • Blood tests for cholesterol, blood sugar and indications of other conditions can let you and your provider know what you may need to keep an eye on.

Your provider will use all of this information to formulate a plan to keep you healthy and minimize damage from any issues that already may be present.

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One reason to start wellness visits is finding disease processes early. Conditions such as heart disease or colon cancer are very difficult to treat after the fact. Yearly physicials and visits allow your provider to evaluate trends in your health status.

For kids getting their annual well-child checkup, this is a time to monitor growth and development.

For both kids and adults, the annual wellness visit will help to set goals and monitor changes. Primary care physicians are trained to uncover potential health issues, and catching those early increases the chance for a healthier future.

For many, these regular checkups have been lifesavers.

 


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