What is a Wellness Exam?
A wellness exam is an annual, comprehensive preventative exam with your primary care provider for the sole purpose of preventative care. These exams do not include discussion of new problems or detailed review of chronic conditions. They may also be called routine check-ups, yearly exams, an annual pap or preventative visit.
What Does a Wellness Exam Include?
Preventative or Wellness health care exams include the following:
- Discussions of health topics relevant to your age and risk factors
- Discussion regarding screening tests and immunizations
Will My Insurance Pay for a Wellness Exam?
Most health plans will cover one wellness or preventative exam per year. Your insurance provider may consider this to be once per calendar year or one year and one day since the date of your last wellness exam.
If any other visit is billed as preventative during this time period your plan is likely to deny your wellness exam. This would include a well-woman exam or annual pap smear.
Your insurance plan may not pay for all testing and/or labs ordered during your wellness exam. You may be held financially responsible if your provider has a concern and orders diagnostic testing and/or labs during your exam. This is why it is always make sure to check with your insurance provider to see what is covered under their wellness benefit and to ensure you are eligible prior to scheduling your annual wellness exam.
Importance of Wellness Exams
The saying, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is particularly true when applied to health care. When you come to Brashear Family Medical Center for your annual wellness exam, you are making an important decision to take responsibility for your health and overall quality of life. Rather than treating a condition after it has progressed, preventative care focuses on preventing disease and maintaining proper health by incorporating a healthy lifestyle. Your primary care provider will be able to recommend preventative care steps and goals depending on your overall health, family history, gender and age.
Schedule Your Annual Wellness Exam Now
When it comes to your health, you want to know that you are receiving patient-centered care during your annual wellness exam. Brashear Family Medical Center physicians are specialized in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of symptoms and diseases in children and adults of all ages. We provide comprehensive health care that is based on the patient’s family history and are committed to providing continuous quality care to every member of the family through every stage in life. Contact us with the link below to schedule your annual wellness exam today!