Well Woman Health Care

Well Woman Health Care is centered around annual exams for preventative care and for early identification of issues. An annual exam is an important part of healthcare in women and should be done every 12 months.

What is an annual exam?

An annual exam is once-a-year visit to your physician or healthcare provider for a general health check that usually includes a pap smear and breast exam.

What should I expect during my annual exam?

An important part of your annual exam is a review of health history including your gynecological history. It is also an opportunity to update family history and current medications.

Annual exams typically include a breast exam and a Pap smear. During the visit we will discuss necessary screening tests based on your age; for example a mammogram, colonoscopy, etc.

Are there any other health problems that can be addressed during an annual exam?

Yes. Occasionally there are gynecological issues that can be addressed at the same time as an annual exam. Time constraints or insurance constraints may necessitate a follow-on visit.

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.
  • Medicare does not cover routine annual exams. You may choose to pay for routine physicals and tests out-of-pocket.