What You Need to Know About Preventive Health
What is a Preventive Health Visit?
A Preventive Health visit is part of what we call preventive healthcare, which focuses on helping patients avert and avoid disease. Screening for hypertension and treating it before it causes any disease is an example of how good preventive medicine helps you stay healthy. Reviewing your vaccination status for preventing diseases such as Singles is also part of our Preventive Health visit.
Who Needs a Preventive Health Visit?
All patients who do not have regular visits with a physician would benefit from preventative healthcare. This visit is covered by OHIP once per year.
Will the Doctor Review Any Health Concerns During This Appointment?
If you have current health concerns that you wish to discuss with a physician, please arrange a separate appointment time. This visit is focused on preventative health. Current health concerns should be addressed separately.
How Can I Access This Service?
This service is available at select Appletree Medical Centres. Appointments are required.
This service is available at select Telemedicine clinics. Appointments are required.
What to Expect During Your Appointment
During your visit, we will update all your immunizations. Depending on your age and sex, cancer screening tests may be ordered. We will also take this opportunity to update your medical record to ensure that all relevant medical history is recorded on your chart.
The doctor will make notes on your general appearance and then check your vital signs: temperature, pulse, and blood pressure. Height and weight will be measured and recorded on your chart. Additional testing such as a Snellen test, hearing test, or urine test may be completed if indicated.
After Your Appointment
We will provide you with online access to all of your medical results and reports through our secure and confidential Patient Portal, so that you may access them from anywhere, at any time.
Frequently Asked Questions
I’m due for a Pap Test, will that be completed at this appointment?
Your pap appointment should be booked separately by calling us or booking through Appletree’s Patient Portal.
The doctor gave me a requisition for a mammogram, who do I book this appointment with?
The Ontario Breast Screening Program provides a list of all locations offering this service. Choose a location that works best for you and call and book an appointment.
I didn’t receive my FIT kit in the mail like the doctor said I would. What do I do?
Please contact Lifelabs at 1-833-676-1426.
Are all the recommended vaccines covered by my provincial health insurance?
Not all recommended vaccines are funded. For those that are not covered, an itemized receipt will be provided at the time of purchase that can be submitted to your private health insurance plan for reimbursement. Visit our Patient Resources page to view our vaccine price list for unfunded vaccines.