Periodic Health Exams

What is happening to "Physical Exams"?

WCFHT is transitioning away from performing annually scheduled “physicals”. We will now be performing “Periodic Health Exams” at specified intervals.

"Periodic Health Exams" are office visits which are used primarily for screening and promoting healthy behaviours. These are performed at time frames which mirror when certain screening tests are performed. These visits are less frequent when you are young, and more frequent as you age. The Ministry of Health of Ontario is in support of this transition.

Generally, Periodic Health Exams occur every 2 years for men and women over age 50, and every 3 years for women under 50 and every 5 years for men under 50. The interval may be adjusted by your doctor depending on your medical circumstances.

What about my prescriptions and regular health checks?

Many patient will still need regular office visits to assess and monitor their medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes, lung disease and many other conditions. These "Chronic Disease Visits" are often every 3 - 12 months, and are can be booked at the conclusion of your office visit as you leave.

What if I have a concern that is serious and I think will take more time than a regular short visit?

If you have a concern or multiple concerns which you feel will require more time, then notify the receptionist and they will work with you to get the right visit type and time to address your medical needs.

Additional Resources:

A video by Dr. Mike Evans

From the Globe and Mail - Annual health check-ups, physicals becoming a thing of the past

For patients: Tips for your wellness, Lifestyle tools, Other practical Resources

Choosing Wisely Canada is a campaign to help physicians and patients engage in conversations about unnecessary tests, treatments and procedures.



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