Getting an annual physical exam, or well check-up, is important to your overall care. We recommend you come in once a year to screen for various conditions and prevent disease. In fact, most insurance plans encourage it, sometimes with no cost to you!

Note: If you are a Medicare patient, your free Medicare Annual Wellness Visit is different from a physical exam.

What to expect

We will review your medical history and risk factors. Depending on your health, age, gender, health history, your exam may include:

  • Physical exams to check vital signs and health
  • Discussion of diet, exercise, tobacco use or alcohol consumption
  • Screenings for breast or cervical cancer or prostate cancer
  • Blood test or other labs, such as diabetes and cholesterol screenings
  • A referral for other screenings if appropriate, such as a mammogram or colonoscopy, bone density test, or an aortic aneurysm screening
  • You may be offered an update on your vaccines

Limitations: This is a “well” visit only

Your check-up will take the full visit time. There will not be time to discuss illnesses or chronic diseases — and it would not be covered in the cost of the exam.

You will need to schedule another appointment to discuss anything that is not part of a normal annual preventive exam. The following are not included in the annual exam:

  • chronic disease, such as hypertension or diabetes
  • acute health issues like a cold
  • prescription medicine refills

Come prepared: write it down!

Please come prepared with the information in this check list to make the most of your exam and help us better partner in your care.

  • Any notable changes in health
  • Recent labs, diagnostic test, or immunizations (bring your immunization card if available)
  • Your current prescription and over-the-counter medications with dosages
  • Names of vitamins and supplements regularly taken
  • Any updates to your medical history: surgeries, hospitalizations, new allergies, and new diagnoses from other physicians
  • Updates to your family medical history
  • For females: First day of last menstrual period
  • Names of other physicians you are seeing and what you are seeing them for
  • Questions you have about recommended screenings or lifestyle considerations to maximize health

If you have any questions before your exam, please call us.

Gateway Family & Urgent Care – (408) 364-7600

Gateway Family and Urgent Care

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