Don't forget to schedule a well visit

Visiting your health care provider for a well visit is a great way to take advantage of preventive services and medical advice to help you lead a healthy lifestyle.


Why should you schedule a well visit?

A well visit, also known as a “check-up” or a “physical,” is a chance for you to get to know your health care provider when you are not sick. When you schedule a well visit, you can expect to:1

  • Talk with your health care provider about health issues you might be experiencing
  • Receive counseling on how to maintain a healthy lifestyle so that you can prevent health issues
  • Discuss your medical history
  • Receive immunizations to protect against infectious diseases, if necessary
  • Get medical screenings (if scheduled) that can help detect early signs of diseases

You may not even have an out-of-pocket expense, since many health insurance plans do not require a co-payment for preventive care,2 such as a well visit. In addition, if your employer or insurance company offers a wellness program benefit,3 there may be additional incentives for you to receive preventive services and screenings.

How often should you schedule a well visit?

For adults:

one to four years4

For children, teens, and young adults:

every year5

For children under the age of two:

multiple times a year5 (see your health care provider for a recommended schedule)


Taking a trip to your health care provider for a well visit is one way you can help protect the health of you and your loved ones.

1. Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services, Well visits, accessed May 8, 2015, http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/consumer/insurance/masshealth-member-info/wellness/well-visits.html.

2. Healthcare.gov, Preventive health services for adults, accessed May 8, 2015, https://www.healthcare.gov/preventive-care-benefits/.

3. Society for Human Resource Management, Wellness Programs: How can wellness programs benefit employers, and what are the general steps for implementing a wellness program? , accessed May 8, 2015, http://www.shrm.org/templatestools/hrqa/pages/wellnessprogramscontributingtotheemployer%E2%80%99sbottomline.aspx.

4. Group Health, Adult Well-Care Visits, Screenings, and Immunizations, accessed May 14, 2015, http://www.ghc.org/healthAndWellness/?item=/common/healthAndWellness/tests/recommendedTests/adultTests.html.

5. Group Health, Well-Child Visits and Immunizations, accessed May 14, 2015, http://www.ghc.org/healthAndWellness/index.jhtml?item=/common/healthAndWellness/children/childVisits/overview.html.

Sources

Healthcare.gov, Preventive health services for adults, accessed May 8, 2015, https://www.healthcare.gov/preventive-care-benefits/.

Group Health, Adult Well-Care Visits, Screenings, and Immunizations, accessed May 14, 2015, http://www.ghc.org/healthAndWellness/?item=/common/healthAndWellness/tests/recommendedTests/adultTests.html.

Group Health, Well-Child Visits and Immunizations, accessed May 14, 2015, http://www.ghc.org/healthAndWellness/index.jhtml?item=/common/healthAndWellness/children/childVisits/overview.html.

Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services, Well visits, accessed May 8, 2015, http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/consumer/insurance/masshealth-member-info/wellness/well-visits.html.

Society for Human Resource Management, Wellness Programs: How can wellness programs benefit employers, and what are the general steps for implementing a wellness program? , accessed May 8, 2015, http://www.shrm.org/templatestools/hrqa/pages/wellnessprogramscontributingtotheemployer%E2%80%99sbottomline.aspx.

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