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Free preventive services offered to Medicare beneficiaries

Many Medicare beneficiaries do not realize that once they sign up for Medicare they are eligible to get a number of free preventive services. Additionally, for new beneficiaries, Medicare Part B offers a “Welcome to Medicare” preventive visit during the first 12 months of enrollment. During this visit, your doctor will review your medical history and provide you with information regarding any services you may need. Beneficiaries who have had Medicare Part B coverage for over 12 months qualify for an annual wellness visit to update or get a personal health care plan from your doctor.

Medicare also provides its beneficiaries with other free preventive services. Some of these services are listed below:
A cardio-vascular screening every five years
Annual mammograms
Annual flu shots
Annual screenings for prostate cancer
Annual screenings for cervical cancer
Annual screenings for colorectal cancer

When you sign up for Medicare, take the time to find out what it offers. Preventive services are important for all beneficiaries to take advantage of as theses benefits lead healthier lives. Always read your health care insurance policies and if you have questions, speak to a health care insurance expert agent.