The importance of Medicare Preventative

The Importance of Medicare Preventive Services and Screenings

Medicare Pathways has set out to stress the importance of Medicare preventive services and screenings.  Our Benefit Advisors  speak with numerous individuals who are nearing original Medicare eligibility or who are already enrolled in original Medicare regarding Medicare insurance.  Some of the individuals we speak with do not go to the doctor because they are healthy and do not get sick and, therefore, they do not see the need to go to the doctor.  Take advantage of the preventive services and screenings offered by original Medicare Part A and Part B! While an individual may feel healthy, preventive services and screenings and detect if something may be going on that could lead to a serious condition.  Medicare Pathways wants to re-enforce the importance of preventive services and screenings because they are important to staying healthy, but also because you are entitled to them through your original Medicare Part A and Part B.

What is the importance of Medicare preventive services and screenings?

First and foremost, the importance of preventive services and screenings can easily be summed up in the following statements:

  • Prevention is easier than curing
  • The leading causes of death can be preventable
  • Preventive services and screenings are less expensive than treatments
  • Preventive care is the most important step you can take to manage your health, because many of the top risk factors leading to illness and premature death are preventable.

Take charge of staying healthy by understanding the importance of preventive services and screenings and taking advantage of them.

The first step in understanding the importance of preventive services and screenings is to make an appointment with your doctor.  When you make an appointment with your physician to review your health and take advantage of the preventive services and screenings you are making a decision to take responsibility for your health and quality of life.  It is easier to make healthy lifestyle decisions when you have the information and guidance of a health care provider.  Your doctor will conduct a thorough physical examination and ask detailed questions about your medical history, including whether close family members have had certain problems. Screenings that consider your family history, age and gender will help your doctor spot problems. Early detection often means a better outcome for you as well as lower health care costs.

Considering your family history is part understanding the importance of preventive services and screenings

One particularly important part of preventive services and screenings is consideration of your family history.  For example, if you are female, your doctor will want to know if a close female relative has had breast cancer as this may indicate you are at higher risk.  With regard to both men and women, colon cancer, heart disease and other medical problems in close relatives may alter the timing of screening tests. Even if you have a chronic condition such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol or other medical problems, there are steps your doctor can recommend that may reduce symptoms and improve your quality of life.

The next step in understanding the importance of Medicare preventive services and screenings is following through

Understanding the importance of preventive services and screenings is one thing, but taking charge of your health so you can remain healthy or improve your quality of life is another.  You can control the risk factors for many of the leading causes of death. A comprehensive preventive care program can lower your odds of becoming another statistic. For example, preventable risk factors such as avoiding tobacco use, maintaining your proper weight, regular exercise and other steps can significantly reduce your chances for illness or premature death.   Your doctor can help you with effective healthy lifestyle strategies that will eliminate or reduce these risk factors.  You may not be able to control every medical condition, but following preventive care guidelines may lessen your chances of serious illness or moderate some symptoms. Understanding the importance of preventive services and screenings and utilizing these services will help with early detection and prevention of health conditions.  In the long run, preventive services and screenings will result in fewer trips to the doctor, urgent care or the emergency room to treat problems associated with preventable risk factors.  Understanding the importance of preventive services and screenings and taking the steps to maintain or improve your health will not only add up to a higher quality of life, but will keep more money in your pocket.

Maintain Good Health

While good health is always a great thing and many individuals are blessed with good health.  However, it is very important to maintain your health.  Understanding the importance of preventive services and screenings will get you on your way to staying healthy.  Some preventive services are covered by original Medicare Part A and Part B at no cost to the Medicare beneficiary nothing.  However, there are some preventive services that require the Medicare beneficiary to pay a portion of the costs.  This is where Medicare insurance becomes an important topic.  Medicare insurance assists the Medicare beneficiary with out of pocket costs, or cost sharing, that original Medicare Part A and Part B leave the beneficiary responsible for paying.  Contact a Medicare Pathways Benefit Advisor to discuss your Medicare insurance options by calling 1-866-466-9118.  You can also Request a Quote and a Benefit Advisor will contact you.

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