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Understanding your Annual Wellness Visit

Nov 10, 2014

Visiting your doctor for an annual wellness visit is one of the best ways to stay on top of your health and catch issues early. If you haven't yet visited your doctor for your wellness visit this year, here's what you should know before you go:

What is an annual wellness visit?

An annual wellness visit is a preventive visit to your doctor once per year. During this visit, your doctor will check for potential  health issues and suggest ways you can improve your health.

What should I bring with me?

To help your doctor determine your health needs, bring a list of the medications  you take and the names of any other doctors you see, as well as a list of any family health issues.

What should I expect during my visit?

During your visit, your doctor will ask you questions about your personal and family health history. Your doctor will also measure your height, weight, body mass index, and blood pressure. Your doctor will use this information to create a preventive care plan for you.

What's covered?

The visit is covered once a year at 100 percent  and includes your height, weight, body mass index, and blood pressure measurements. However, if your doctor recommends additional screenings or tests, you may have to pay coinsurance for these services. To view a list of covered preventive services, check your Evidence of Coverage at (BCBS Fall 2014 Best of Health)