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An annual exam is a once-a-year visit to your primary care provider for a general health check. For females this can include a breast exam and pap smear. Your provider may order any age appropriate screening exams as well. An annual exam visit does not include discussion of new problems or detailed review of chronic conditions. Annual exams are also called routine check-up, yearly exam, annual pap, and preventive visit.
If you present with new problems or the provider discovers any new conditions they may ask that you reschedule your physical and will address the new problems that were presented. Your provider may choose to address the problems at the same time of the physical. However, there would be two separate charges for this visit which may result in a copay. Annual exams usually take anywhere from 20-40 minutes.
Appointments for annual exams need to be made ahead of time. Annual exam appointments tend to be scheduled weeks and sometimes months in advance.
Established Patient Visit
An established patient visit is used to monitor specific medical conditions or problems you may have. Often times this type of appointment is used when your provider has started you on a new medication and asks you to return to see if your condition has improved. It can also be used for medication management. A medication management appointment is for requesting medication refills. Another common reason for this type of appointment is to obtain an authorization to see a specialist should your insurance require this. These visits usually take 15-20 minutes.