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Importance of Wellness Exams

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"It may sound odd, but a big part of my job is to keep you OUT of the doctor's office!" says Maria Rivell, MD, from Northside Internal Medicine, part of Carolinas HealthCare System. "When we talk about partnering with our patients for good health, part of that equation is making sure you keep up with your annual wellness exam."

Now that fall is here, and the end of the year is looming, it's a good time to make an appointment for your annual check-up – and to check with your insurance plan to see if it's covered. Most health plans cover all or most of the out-of-pocket costs for an annual wellness exam.

During this annual exam, Dr. Rivell explains, you have the opportunity to discuss your lifestyle, what you eat, how you stay active (or how you don't) and what health screenings are recommended for your age or stage in life. "All of these things, together, help create a complete picture of how you are doing physically," says Dr. Rivell. "And that establishes a benchmark to allow us to see how you're progressing at subsequent check-ups."

Check with your doctor about what to expect at your annual wellness exam. Most patients can expect the following:

  • Height and weight measurements
  • A check of blood pressure
  • A calculation of your body mass index
  • A vision test
  • A review of your potential risk for depression
  • A review of your medical and family history
  • Discussion of what a screening schedule might look like for you – what screenings, shots and other preventive services are recommended

"With each age, there are certain illnesses or diseases that become more common," says Dr. Rivell. "So, talk to your doctor about the right time to have a colonoscopy, a pap smear and mammogram for women and remember to make an appointment for a check-up every year."

Partner With a Doctor for Good Health

The primary care doctors at Carolinas HealthCare System can help you get (and stay) on the path to wellness. 

Call 844-881-2180 or complete an online request form to find a doctor near you.