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What is the purpose of an annual wellness exam?

Annual wellness exams serve a couple of different purposes, almost all of them surrounding preventative care.

These exams help your medical practitioners keep consistent records of your overall well-being, as well as monitor chronic conditions and medications. Your doctor may also address everyday habits that negatively affect your health and help you adjust them accordingly. 

Regular physical exams also enable your doctor to catch any unusual or concerning signs as early as possible, and allow you to get treatment as soon as possible. This is especially important as you age.

What happens during an annual physical exam?

What blood tests are done for an annual physical?

Is a comprehensive wellness visit the same as an annual physical exam?

Do you need to get a comprehensive physical exam every year?

At what age should you start getting your annual physical?

* 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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