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Annual Exams

Annual Exams

Stone Oak Womens Center physicians, nurse practitioners and staff care for the overall health of our female patients. Routine gynecological exams are a very important part of health care for women. The annual exam provides an opportunity for our physicians to detect and test for abnormalities. The exam usually includes a breast exam and Pap smear.

It is important that our physicians have as much information as possible about your overall health, so please come prepared with any new health concerns or questions.

What is an annual exam?

An annual exam is a once-a-year visit to your primary care provider for a general health check, including a breast exam and pap smear. 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.

A separate office visit charge if you have health concerns other than your routine physical exam. Co-pay and or deductible will apply. Examples are:

  • A list of concerns or questions.
  • New health care concerns or problems found at the time of your annual exam.
  • Ongoing health problems that need more attention.

What should I expect during my annual exam?

  • General physical exam (including breast exam)
  • Pelvic exam (pap smear)
  • Update of life and work situation
  • Update of family health history (any new serious illnesses in your family?)
  • Review of your health history
  • Update of current medications, herbs, and supplements (bring list)
  • Need for medication refills
  • Evaluation of need for health screening tests based on age and personal and family history (such as mammogram, test for sexually transmitted diseases, and colon cancer screening)
  • Update on immunizations

Insurance Coverage Issues:

Most insurance companies allow for only one annual exam per 12-month period (and some will not pay for a visit even a few days before the year is up).

Medicare Issues

  • Medicare covers paps every two years, mammograms every year, colon cancer screening, and routine vaccinations.
  • If you are considered high risk, Medicare will pay for annual pap smears.