From Pediatrics to Geriatrics, annual well visits provide the ability to catch problems early, when they are more treatable. Even if you only see your Primary Care Provider once a year, you can be assured that your Provider will compare and monitor your health and wellness over time.
Honest communication with your provider during your annual visit is a crucial component to taking an active role with your health. Together, you and your provider can create a health care plan to fit your needs. And sharing your questions and concerns may help your provider detect early symptoms of a disease.
Here are some topics to help you create your own list of questions for your PCP. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, no matter what your age!
It's never too late to establish a relationship with a provider. A regular provider can recommend the appropriate screenings you may need, depending on your sex, age and health status, such as a mammogram, a colonoscopy or a check of your cholesterol numbers. A regular provider will know what insurance you have and what pharmacy you use, greatly lessening the chance of you having to deal with such matters while struggling with an illness.
The Perry Memorial Family Health Clinic has numerous doctors and advanced practice nurses as well as a pediatrician. If you prefer a provider closer to your home, additional clinics are available. Consider the Walnut Clinic and the Henry Clinic.
Specific health concerns may not be covered by your insurance as part of your yearly well visit. If you have concerns about whether a charge for an additional office visit will be generated, ask your health care provider for more information or call a patient financial counselor at one of the following numbers, based on your last name:
A through L: 815-876-2067
M though Z: 815-876-4431
Preventative health care is the way of the future. If your New Year's resolution is to stay healthy and keep your body fit, make the call to your provider today!