Annual Wellness Visit While most of us choose to only visit a health service when we are sick or injured, your annual wellness visit (which is included in Medicare cover) is key to living a happier, healthier life while also giving you the chance to raise any additional concerns for longer-term health problems.
Unfortunately, very few people take advantage of their annual wellness visits. If you’re about to arrange your first or want to know more about the process, we’re sharing all the best preparation tips, as well as what to expect on the day.
How to Prepare for your Annual Wellness Visit
Before your appointment, you should take the time to write down any current physical and mental health conditions you have, as well as any accompanying medication. It’s worth also having a family medical history to hand for conditions such as high blood pressure or diabetes – even if you don’t currently suffer from these issues yourself.
It is an excellent idea to write down any questions you have for your care provider to not forget anything on the day.
You’ll also need to make sure you have your health insurance card and access card readily available, as well as your photo ID. All of this will need to be provided at your appointment.
What to expect on the day?
During your annual wellness visit, a clinician will take your height, weight, and blood pressure. They’ll also use a stethoscope to listen to your heart and lungs and ask you about your mood, alcohol and drug use (including tobacco and vaping), as well as your medical history.
Once the general checks are done, you will have the opportunity to speak to the doctor about any changes or health concerns. As they might not have access to your medical record, you’ll need to make them aware of any prescriptions you’re taking, as well as store-bought supplements and medications. Some people may be using over-the-counter medications as they cannot afford prescribed options – if this is the case, it is worth discussing with your doctor if you’re struggling to afford things. This may be able to offer advice or help.
After all the information is gathered, your primary care provider (PCP) will provide any advice on exercise, diet, and any vaccines that need updating. They’ll also check that you’re up to date on preventive screenings and blood tests.
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If your care provider thinks you need additional support, they might refer you to a specialist or arrange another appointment. Those that have been recommended for blood works or screenings should book these in as soon as possible and work on any goals and plans your PCP suggested at the visit. Any medications that have been prescribed during the appointment should be filled as soon as possible and taken as advised.
So, there’s unknown to be scared of when it comes to booking your annual wellness visit. They’re simply an opportunity for both you and your care provider to raise any concerns and check in overall. Book yours today, and you’ll be on your way to a healthier life in no time.