Wasim H. Raja, MD

How Often Should I See My Primary Care Doctor If I'm Not Sick?

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You barely have time to finish your daily to-do list as it is — how and why would you schedule a doctor’s appointment if you’re not sick? You’d be surprised. Here’s why you shouldn’t ignore regular checkups and how often you should get them.

You’re swamped — we get it.

But even if you feel fine, you may have underlying health issues just waiting for the worst time to show up. If you think keeping up with daily responsibilities is tough now, imagine how your life will change if you suddenly have to deal with an illness.

You can avoid most illnesses, injuries, and health setbacks by paying attention to your health even when you’re well. At Orange County Healthcare Center in Fountain Valley, California, one of the most frequently asked questions we get is: How often should I see my doctor if I'm not sick? 


In this blog, Dr. Wasim Raja answers this common question and explains why regular checkups are vital to our primary care services, even when you’re feeling well. 

Preventive care and routine checkups

Let’s start by defining the well visit.

Preventive care, sometimes known as annual physicals or wellness checks, is critical to maintaining good health. It allows Dr. Raja to assess your overall health, screen for potential health issues, manage chronic conditions, and provide vaccinations when necessary.

These checkups also foster a strong relationship between you and Dr. Raja, making it more comfortable to have open and honest discussions about health concerns, even potentially embarrassing ones. This familiarity can be key in the early detection of diseases and timely treatment.

Frequency of appointments

How often you schedule well visits at Orange County Healthcare Center largely depends on your age, gender, and overall health status. Generally speaking, Dr. Raja recommends:

  • Children and adolescents get annual checkups to monitor growth, development, and immunization status
  • Adults under 30 and in good health visit every 2-3 years 
  • Adults 30-50 get a yearly checkup
  • Women 40+ may need regular mammograms, Pap smears, and osteoporosis screenings
  • Men 50+ may need regular prostate exams
  • Adults over 50 may need semi-annual visits given the prevalence of chronic diseases with advancing age

Remember, these are general guidelines. If you have a chronic illness, take prescription medications, or have a family history of certain diseases, you may need to see Dr. Raja more frequently.

Why well visits and regular care matter

Regular appointments with Dr. Raja enable him to identify potential health issues before they become serious. These visits aren’t just about catching disease early but also about prevention. 


For example, Dr. Raja can advise you on maintaining a healthy lifestyle, managing stress, and optimizing your nutrition.

What to expect during a well visit

During a typical visit, Dr. Raja reviews your medical history and conducts a physical examination. Depending on your age and risk factors, he may also perform or recommend various screenings or tests. For instance, you could benefit from blood pressure measurements, cholesterol checks, cancer screenings, or immunizations.

Staying consistent

Visiting the Orange County Healthcare Center regularly establishes a baseline for your health and shows us what’s normal for you. It also gives us measurements we can use to detect changes, alerting us to underlying problems. The earlier we catch budding health conditions, the easier they are to treat. 

Consistency is key. It's easy to put off making an appointment when you're feeling well, but remember, these checkups keep you healthy in the long run.

Making an appointment is as simple as picking up the phone or scheduling online. Our friendly Orange County Healthcare Center team is ready when you are — in sickness and in health.