What health screenings do I need and does Medicare pay for them? The simple answer is, there are a number of health screenings you need on a regular basis to help you prevent diseases or detect them early when they’re easiest to treat. Medicare pays for quite a few.
Today’s question: “What health screenings do I need and does Medicare pay for them?”
The simple answer is, there are a number of health screenings you need on a regular basis to help you prevent diseases or detect them early when they’re easiest to treat. Medicare pays for quite a few.
Health screenings are something like preventive maintenance for your car — except way more important. Our friend, Gary, is very strict about getting his car checked and serviced according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. He likes to keep it running smoothly. Health screenings work like that for your body. They help keep you feeling your best.
Gary found a Web site — www.medicare.gov — where he got a lot of information for his mom and dad about Medicare’s preventive services.
He learned that the screenings you should get, and how often you should get them, depending on your age, sex, and risk factors. Your doctor can suggest the screening schedule that’s right for you. However, here is a list that will give you a general idea of what you may need.
Gary suggests you get a pencil and paper and start taking notes.
While we’re at it, even though Gary doesn’t like shots, he wanted to mention other preventive services Medicare covers. They include the pneumonia shot, flu and Hepatitis B shots, as well as nutritional therapy and counseling to help you kick the smoking habit.
To sum it up, health screenings can help you avoid many serious illnesses or detect them early when they are most treatable. Medicare’s preventive services cover many of these tests. Talk with your doctor to determine the screenings you need and how often you need them based on your medical history.
If you do all these things just as diligently as Gary takes care of his car, you’ll get lots of mileage out of Medicare and a better trip along the road of life.
So now you know. Until next time, stay smart and stay healthy.