Each year your insurance companies provide a free physical with routine screening labs for each person on the policy. This is a great way to get established with a provider and build a relationship so that when you are sick, you have a provider to turn to. Getting an annual physical is also an important part of chronic disease prevention. If we can prevent illnesses, or at least catch them in their earliest stages, recovery and costs to the patient go down substantially. It is always better to prevent illnesses than treat them, so be sure to schedule your annual wellness visit yearly.