Three ways to prepare for your next preventive checkup

January 03, 2020

Here are three things you should do before your next preventive checkup.

Getting annual preventive checkups is one of the most important things you can do for your health. To get the most out of your exam, do these three things before you see the doctor.

  1. See if you’re due for any recommended screenings or vaccinations. Employees and their family members with medical coverage* through the Board of Pensions should review the 2020 Preventive Schedule. The screenings, tests, and immunizations listed on the schedule are covered 100 percent — you pay no deductible, copay, or copayment — when using network providers.
  2. Review your family health history. Have any of your close relatives been diagnosed with a chronic health condition since your last visit? Family history can affect your chances of developing diseases such as diabetes, cancer, or stroke, so let your doctor know if there have been any changes.
  3. Write down a list of issues and questions to take with you. It can be easy to forget something you wanted to tell or ask your doctor when there are time constraints, so having a written list means it won’t slip your mind. You should also jot down any symptoms or health concerns you may have and be honest about how you are feeling. The more information your doctor has, the better he or she can get to the root of any problems. Be sure to write down your doctor’s answers.

And, if you participate in Call to Health, a preventive exam is a required challenge.** Be sure to log in to the Call to Health website to record your exam and receive your points.

*Those enrolled in Triple-S, GeoBlue, or the Medicare Supplement Plan also have preventive care benefits under their plans, but coverage details may differ. Consult your plan’s provisions for details.

**Call to Health is available to employees and their spouses with medical coverage through the Board of Pensions; it is not available to members enrolled in Triple-S, GeoBlue, or the Medicare Supplement Plan.