Monday, August 19, 2013

Different Reasons for Patient Physicals

It is true that physicals tend to be a part of life. Each year, children and adults go in to see a doctor and have their overall health evaluated. These appointments, often called well visits, are usually covered by health insurance and serve as a way to alert a person of any health concerns that may need to be addressed in the near future. But outside of these regular, yearly appointments, there are other reasons that a person may need to see a doctor for a similar type of appointment.

School, Camp and Sports Physicals

In some instances, kids need to see a physician more than once a year. Those that are getting ready to register at a new school may need to show that they are in good health and able to participate in all the activities. Camps may also request paperwork documenting the fact that the child is able to handle the events that are planned for all campers. Finally, before registering for sports, kids need to show that they are up for the challenge and exertion on the body that comes along with the game.

Employment Physicals

Sometimes an employer needs to be sure that an employee will be able to handle all of his or her responsibilities at work. This means that aside from a regular doctor's exam, it may be necessary to test how much weight a person can lift or whether or not the individual will be able to handle the demands of the job on his or her body. The results of this appointment are handed over to the employer before the new employee is able to begin work.

Insurance Certification

While getting set up for life or health insurance, individuals may need to undergo physicals in order to demonstrate health. Life insurance premiums are often dependent upon the type of life that a person leads. Someone that smokes is probably going to pay more than someone that doesn't. A person that has a problematic health concern is going to see different coverage when compared to a healthy person. An appointment to the doctor will help the insurance company determine what type of premium a client should pay.

While each of these physicals is important, it is not always easy to set up an appointment that fits perfectly into an individual's schedule. When multiple appointments are needed, things can get even more complicated. Medical urgent care facilities are starting to take on these types of appointments. They can offer better hours, more appointment availability, and the opportunity for families to all go to the same office to have their checkups taken care of.

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