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What happens during an annual physical exam?

Your annual physical exam may take anywhere from thirty minutes to an hour to complete. It will follow a fairly routine procedure.

  1. Nursing staff will ask you questions about your current health status, or any changes to your lifestyle, such as increased alcohol consumption or stressful life changes (moving, marriage, etc.). They’ll also make sure your medical records are up-to-date with your current medications, discovered allergies, and recent surgeries.
  2. The nurse will also perform basic vitals tests, such as checking your blood oxygen levels, blood pressure, and heart rate.
  3. Then your provider will conduct a visual exam. Your practitioner will look in your eyes, ears, mouth, and nose to see if they detect any issues.
  4. Then comes the physical exam. The provider will apply gentle pressure (called palpating) to your abdomen, neck, arms, and legs to check for problems. They may also test your motor functions and reflexes.

There may be more detailed tests involved if your family has a history of certain diseases, such as diabetes, hyperthyroidism, or heart disease.

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* Savings estimate based on a study of more than 1 billion claims comparing self-pay (or cash pay) prices of a frequency-weighted market basket of procedures to insurer-negotiated rates for the same. Claims were collected between July 2017 and July 2019. R.Lawrence Van Horn, Arthur Laffer, Robert L.Metcalf. 2019. The Transformative Potential for Price Transparency in Healthcare: Benefits for Consumers and Providers. Health Management Policy and Innovation, Volume 4, Issue 3.

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