Annual Physical Exam
Getting an annual physical exam, or well check-up, is important to your overall care. We recommend you come in once a year to screen for various conditions and prevent disease. In fact, most insurance plans encourage it, sometimes with no cost to you!
Note: If you are a Medicare patient, your free Medicare Annual Wellness Visit is different from a physical exam.
What to expect
We will review your medical history and risk factors. Depending on your health, age, gender, health history, your exam may include:
- Physical exams to check vital signs and health
- Discussion of diet, exercise, tobacco use or alcohol consumption
- Screenings for breast or cervical cancer or prostate cancer
- Blood test or other labs, such as diabetes and cholesterol screenings
- A referral for other screenings if appropriate, such as a mammogram or colonoscopy, bone density test, or an aortic aneurysm screening
- You may be offered an update on your vaccines
Limitations: This is a “well” visit only
Your check-up will take the full visit time. There will not be time to discuss illnesses or chronic diseases — and it would not be covered in the cost of the exam.
You will need to schedule another appointment to discuss anything that is not part of a normal annual preventive exam. The following are not included in the annual exam:
- chronic disease, such as hypertension or diabetes
- acute health issues like a cold
- prescription medicine refills
Come prepared: write it down!
Please come prepared with the information in this check list to make the most of your exam and help us better partner in your care.
- Any notable changes in health
- Recent labs, diagnostic test, or immunizations (bring your immunization card if available)
- Your current prescription and over-the-counter medications with dosages
- Names of vitamins and supplements regularly taken
- Any updates to your medical history: surgeries, hospitalizations, new allergies, and new diagnoses from other physicians
- Updates to your family medical history
- For females: First day of last menstrual period
- Names of other physicians you are seeing and what you are seeing them for
- Questions you have about recommended screenings or lifestyle considerations to maximize health
If you have any questions before your exam, please call us.
Samaritan Medical Care Center – (408) 281-2772
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