By: Bree Leyer, M.S., EP-C
Today is National’s Doctors Day – a day specifically set aside to honor and thank those in the medical profession for their work and their contributions to society in terms of prevention and the treatment of illness and injury. Next time you see your doctor, make sure you thank them for all that they have done!
Since prevention is a major focus by doctors, we thought we’d take advantage of today to remind you to schedule your annual preventive exam with your doctor. The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has produced specific recommendations regarding preventive medicine and primary care, specific to your age, gender, and risk factors. Be sure to check with your doctor and with your health plan provider to see what tests are appropriate for you and are covered.
What is a Preventive Exam? A preventive exam is a routine physical that can help to identify potential health problems in the early stages. The focus of the exam is on prevention, not on current health problems. With the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, most health plans must cover an annual preventive exam at 100% – meaning there’s no cost to you! Check with your health plan provider to determine if you are eligible for a preventive exam covered at 100%.
What is included in a Preventive Exam?
A preventive exam may include the following:
- Complete physical exam and review of body systems
- Review of healthy history and medications
- Review of age and gender specific screening tests
Visit https://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/Page/Name/recommendations to learn what is recommended for you.
There’s an app for that!
Get the USPSTF recommendations on your smart phone by downloading the ePSS app which can allow you to search for recommendations by specific criteria such as age, gender, and behavioral risk factors.