A wellness exam is a type of preventative care. Preventative healthcare focuses on maintaining wellness and stopping health problems before they occur. Instead of waiting until you have a health issue, you visit your physician to make sure that you’re still in good health or to catch health problems in the early stages.
These healthcare wellness exams are usually covered by insurance, your insurance might not cover all expenses involved with the visit, such as labs or tests. Most insurance plans pay for one wellness exam each year, so be sure to take advantage of this. Insurance plans and coverage vary, so be sure to check with your policy.
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Wellness visits basically provide your doctor with a status update on your overall health. They can help guide you to make choices that promote better health, and they can catch health problems early.
These visits may include:
- A physical examination
- Checking your vitals
- Checking BMI
- Examination of personal and family medical histories
- Discussion of current lifestyle and health choices
Screenings may vary depending on age, risk, and gender. During your wellness exam, you may receive screening for cholesterol, blood pressure, diabetes, mammogram, pap test, osteoporosis, or STDs.
Your doctor may ask you about current stress, physical activity, diet, or drug use such as tobacco and alcohol. Much of the exam is discussion about ways to improve overall health through lifestyle and healthy decision making.