Faith Community Health System discusses the importance of checkups to ensure the state of your health.
Did you know that Medicare and most private insurance plans cover the cost of an annual wellness exam? Why miss out on this valuable healthcare benefit? Faith Community Health System reminds adults in the community to schedule annual wellness exams this fall before benefits expire at the end of the year.
Regular health exams, screenings, and tests are important to monitor the state of your health. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that annual health exams can also assist medical providers in tracking changes in your health and identify trends or problems in patients before conditions escalate.
“Scheduling an annual wellness exam is being proactive with your healthcare,” says Dr. Erika Crutcher, a Family Practice/OB physician in Jacksboro. “Knowing more about the status of your body means you and your medical providers can take the necessary measures to help you live a longer, healthier life.”
The CDC estimates that fewer than half of American adults, age 65 or older, and fewer than a quarter of adults, ages 50 to 64, receive the recommended level of preventative health services. This includes immunizations, and cancer and cardiovascular screenings.
During an annual wellness exam, you can expect your medical provider to review height and weight changes; discuss possible diseases and schedule screenings as appropriate; update necessary immunizations; and order laboratory screenings that measure a variety of stats such cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood sugar levels.
In advance of your annual wellness exam, doctors recommend that you prepare. This includes writing down your family history of illnesses as well as any changes in your health that you might have observed within the past year. If you have put off any health screenings previously recommended, it is important that you share that information with your physician.
Most importantly, write down any questions you might have for your physician. In the moment, you could become anxious and forget some of the pressing questions you might have.
“Patients are often hesitant to discuss how they are feeling, and that is completely understandable,” Dr. Crutcher explains. “But wellness exams are no time to be shy or hide important information. It is your opportunity to be open and honest about how you are feeling.”
Dr. Crutcher also reminds patients that lab screenings are often part of a wellness exam, so fasting at least eight hours prior to your appointment is necessary to prevent inaccurate results.
Individuals who need to take scheduled medication with meals are encouraged to discuss this beforehand with the doctor’s office. Clinic staff can provide the best and appropriate recommendations based on your individual situation.
The cost of having a preventative wellness exam at least once a year is typically covered by Medicare and most private insurance companies. Dr. Crutcher recommends discussing coverage with your insurance provider and taking advantage of the preventative healthcare services available to you.
For more information about annual wellness exams at Faith Community Rural Health Clinics in Jacksboro, Bowie, or Alvord; or to find a local medical provider, please visit www.fchtexas.com.