Back to Basics

Health can offer peace of mind in changing times

We’re living through a lot of change. To find stability, mental health experts encourage us to find and stick to routines. This advice is even more important when it comes to basic health routines—because it can keep your health stable, and ready for any additional changes the future may bring.

For kids, summer physicals and immunizations do more than satisfy school requirements. They also provide peace of mind to families, knowing normal development and preventive measures are on track. Now is the time to take care of these basic health needs, before cold and flu season is upon us.

The following resources can help you see what your children might be due for:

For adults, screenings are important as well. Many serious conditions are easily preventable and treatable if caught early. Health screenings can tell you if treatment is needed. Routine screenings are recommended for most people throughout your adult life. Additional screenings begin for most adults in your 40s, or earlier if you have a family history or other risk factors.

  • See our Men’s Health and Women’s Health booklets for details—or consult with a primary care doctor for personalized recommendations specific to your health situation.

Get back to basics with the checkups, screenings and immunizations right for you and your family—either in person with our added safety measures, or at home with new virtual visits.

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Cost of care

Basic screenings and annual check-ups are often covered at no cost by insurance plans, but keep in mind that the free visit does not cover any problems you may be experiencing. If you have a health concern for the doctor, or if your screening uncovers something, your visit will either be upgraded to cover the consultation while you are there, or you may need to schedule separate follow-up visits for the care you need.

Some youth patients may be eligible to have the cost of vaccines covered by the federal Vaccines For Children (VFC) program. Even if your vaccine is covered, there may be additional charges, for the office visit or testing, which are not covered by VFC.

It is always a good idea to check with your insurance provider to see which services may be covered for you or your family. You can message your care team on MyChart or call your clinic if you have questions. We can tell you what we expect you and your family will need, so you can ask your insurance about coverage in advance of your visit.

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