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Regular checkups are an important part of maintaining good health— in children and adolescents, and adults.

The goals of routine health care are to:

  • Prevent Illness

  • Update immunizations

  • Screen for medical problems

  • Evaluate disease risk

  • Address concerns and answer questions

  • Maintain the provider-patient relationship

  • Provide information about making healthy lifestyle choices


Recommendations for routine health care—such as how often a healthy adult should see his or her primary care provider, dentist, eye doctor or other specialist for regular exams, screening procedures and medical tests, depend on a number of different factors.

These factors include:

  • Age of the patient

  • Overall health of the patient

  • Patient's family and personal medical history

  • Lifestyle considerations like the patient's smoking habits, diet, activity level, stress level

  • Other factors that affect the patient's physical or mental health, as determined by his or her health care provider

  • Benefits vs. risks and costs vs. benefits of the exam, test or procedure

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