Preventive health care

Annual visits are included in your plan and are part of the care you get just for being a Priority Health member.

Annual checkups for kids

Keep kids healthy by scheduling regular well-child visits with their doctor. Well-child visits are a way for a child's doctor to see them before health issues start so they can stay healthy. At well-child visits, a doctor can:

  • Give a lead poisoning test and vaccines
  • Measure a child’s height, weight and body mass index (BMI)
  • Find health and learning problems early

How often should a child have a well-child visit? See the recommended schedule below:

  • Newborn to 15 months - Six visits
  • Ages 3-6 years - Once a year
  • Ages 7-10 years - Every two years
  • Ages 11-18 - Once a year

Viruses account for many cases of pharyngitis (strep throat). If your child is sick with a sore throat, talk with your doctor for testing and antibiotic treatment if your child is age 2-18.

Upper respiratory infections are generally viral, and your child won’t benefit from taking an antibiotic. You can help reduce your child’s resistance to antibiotics by talking with your doctor about the right treatment for your child.

Annual checkups for adults

Call your doctor and schedule your annual checkup. Your checkup is a good time to discuss any health problems or concerns so you can stay up-to-date on the care you need to be healthy. When you see your doctor, be sure to discuss all health conditions. Even if you've had a condition for years, it's important to talk to your doctor about any concerns you have or medicines and tests you may need.

If you're a Healthy Michigan Plan member, filling out a Health Risk Assessment form during your annual checkup will help you meet your healthy behavior requirement and keep your coverage—as well as possibly earn you a gift card or reduction in your monthly MI Health account payments.

Annual checkups for women

Women should ask about additional health topics at their doctor visit. When meeting with your doctor, be sure to ask about screens for cervical cancer (pap smear) and breast cancer.

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