We tend to go to the doctor when we have a problem or things are not going well with our health. But do we make time for a wellness or preventive medicine visit each year? If we are honest, most of us don’t. An annual wellness or preventive medicine visit helps give your doctor an overall picture of your health and wellbeing. It allows time together to plan for how to improve your health, as well as building your relationship with your doctor. It also keeps you as an established patient with your doctor’s office.
Current health issues you are already having are not included in an annual wellness or preventive medicine visit. Examples of medical conditions that would be taken care of at a separate problem-focused visit include:
We regularly hear we should maintain our health by eating a balanced diet, getting plenty of rest and exercising daily. What we don’t always hear about is having an annual wellness or preventive medicine visit.
If you have not had an annual wellness or preventive medicine visit in the last 12 months, talk to your doctor’s office about scheduling this important service focused on your health. Be sure to let them know the appointment is for a Medicare annual wellness or preventive visit. This will allow them to ensure there is enough time set aside for your appointment.
Even if you are healthy, it is a good idea to have an annual wellness or preventive medicine visit at your doctor’s office. Make an appointment today!