Get Healthy with Medicare’s Preventative Benefits
Staying healthy is the key to living longer and delaying or preventing many diseases that affect your health. One way to stay healthy is to take advantage of preventive services and screenings that original Medicare offers. You can delay or lessen the effects of diseases by getting preventive services to find disease early. You can also get vaccinations that keep you from getting dangerous illnesses. Medicare has added more preventive services and screenings in 2013. Take advantage of these services to help ensure you get healthy and/or stay healthy. Most preventive services are covered at no charge to the Medicare beneficiary.
Early Disease Detection is Key to Better Health
Diagnostic tests and medical examinations can find a disease or other health problem early in its course. Often, the earlier a disease is diagnosed, the more likely it is that it can be cured or successfully managed. Managing a disease, especially early in its course, may lower its impact on your life or prevent or delay serious complications. The tests suggested for you depend on your age, health, and gender. Often, they depend on your risk factors too. Risk factors might include family history, such as having a close relative with cancer, and lifestyle habits, such as smoking.
Talking to Your doctor about Medicare’s Preventative Services
When talking to your doctor or health care provider regarding preventive tests or screenings, find out about the test and the disease the test might detect. Think about what action you are willing to take if you have the condition. When and how often you get screening tests may depend on your age, gender, family history, lifestyle, health status, and the cost of testing. Your doctor may suggest certain screening times based on expert guidelines.
Get Started Using Medicare’s Preventative Benefits
You can’t change everything overnight. Start small and work up to where you want to be with your health. Talk to your doctor or health care provider regarding your health concerns. The first place to start is to look at what original Medicare has to offer to help you get healthy and/or stay healthy. Medicare provides numerous preventive tests and screenings and zero costs to the Medicare beneficiary.
What Preventative Services Does Medicare Offer?
Look at the list and determine which preventive screenings you have not taken advantage of and schedule an appointment with your doctor or health care provider to discuss the preventive screenings he or she feels you need. Additionally, you can find a chart at www.medicare.gov that you can print to track and record the preventive screening appointment dates and reminders of when you need to have them repeated.
Your original Medicare Part B covers the following preventative services:
- Abdominal aortic aneurysm screening
- Alcohol misuse screenings and counseling
- Bone mass measurements (bone density)
- Cardiovascular disease screenings
- Cardiovascular disease (behavioral therapy)
- Colo-rectal cancer screenings
- Depression screenings
- Diabetes screenings
- Diabetes self-management training
- Glaucoma tests
- HIV screenings
- Mammograms (screening)
- Nutrition therapy services
- Obesity screenings and counseling
- One-time “Welcome to Medicare” preventive visit
- Pap tests and pelvic exams (screening)
- Prostate cancer screenings
- Sexually transmitted infections screening and counseling
- Flu shots
- Hepatitis B shots
- Pneumococcal shots
- Tobacco use cessation counseling
- Yearly “Wellness” visit
How Much Does it Cost to Get Medicare’s Preventative Services?
For specific costs, if applicable, you can contact your physician or view the information regarding each specific screening at http://www.medicare.gov/coverage/preventive-and-screening-services.html
If your New Year’s Resolution is to get healthy and/or stay healthy you need to take advantage of the preventive services and screenings original Medicare offers. Contact your doctor or health care provider and schedule your initial assessment so you can begin your New Year’s Resolution as soon as possible. Medicare Pathways wants you to live a long, healthy and happy life. Take advantage of what Medicare has to offer to assist you in getting control of the things that have a bad effect on your life and your health. Medicare Pathways wishes you success with your resolution and the start to a healthier and happier new year!
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