Regardless of your age or health history, everyone should visit their primary care provider (PCP) at least once a year. Many preventive care screenings are covered by your health plan. And these services may help detect potential health issues early, when they’re easier to treat.
Did you know that most Medicare plans cover both an annual physical and an annual wellness visit? (Look for your plan documents in your member portal to see what’s covered.)
Why a relationship with your doctor matters
There are big benefits to having a PCP and going in for routine exams:
- You get to know them, and they get to know you and your medical history.
- Regular interactions help to build trust. You’re more likely to have an honest conversation with someone you feel comfortable with.
- Together, you’ll discuss ways to help improve your health and prevent disease. That includes helping you schedule any necessary preventive screenings.
- Your PCP can also create a plan to help manage your chronic disease and coordinate care with specialists, if needed.
Don’t be shy. Whenever you see your PCP, take full advantage of the time you have together. Bring a list of your questions and concerns and talk them through, even if a topic seems embarrassing. Medical professionals have heard and seen it all. And if you don’t bring up a concern, they can’t help you with it.
Here’s a checklist of things to talk about with your PCP. Fill it out and bring it to your checkup to help guide your conversation. And if you haven’t already, schedule your annual visit today!