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Preventive Health Tests and Screenings Covered By Medicare

In the United States, Medicare is the health care coverage for those 65 and older and also for those with disabilities younger than 65 years of age.

There are two basic coverages in Medicare: 1.) Medicare Part A covers 80 percent of the cost of hospitalization. Part A costs the recipient no extra money and is the basic coverage offered 2.) Medicare Part B covers 80 percent of covered physician office visits, lab tests, x-rays and additional services. The recipient will need to sign up for this portion of coverage, for which there is a monthly fee.

Medicare Part B, which is medical coverage, offers a variety of preventive services and screenings , for its members. From Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening to Colorectal Cancer Screening to Diabetes Self-Management Training, there are a number of services available to help you and your doctor prevent health care issues, diagnose them early and treat as needed.

As with any insurance, there are conditions that must be met for some of the services. You can check what those conditions and time frames are at the link provided above, as well as the full list of preventive services. There's also a box at the top of the page where you can type in a service to see if it's covered by Medicare.

Become familiar with these available services. If your health care provider doesn't mention them, be sure to ask about any of them in which you are interested.

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bestwriter wrote on December 23, 2014, 7:00 PM

When I was holidaying in the US my niece was getting ready to go to a doctor miles away and when asked she said she could not choose doctors because of conditions in her health insurance policy which I found quite weird.

Feisty56 wrote on December 23, 2014, 8:24 PM

Not all doctors accept Medicare as a payment source -- that's the first frustration. Private insurance is the same way; some doctors accept certain plans and others don't. In addition, if the health insurance is a PPO (Preferred Provider Organization) or HMO (Health Maintenance Organization), the choice of physicians is further restricted. It can be quite frustrating to deal with.

Glenn wrote on December 23, 2014, 10:41 PM

I'm soon approaching that age where I need to sign up for Medicare and I've been doing research. You explained the basics very clearly and that is important for anyone who is trying to get started educating themselves. I lost the ability to use most of the doctors I had last year when ObamaCare (ACA) started, since non of them accept any insurance under the ACA. But they do accept Medicare and I will have them back soon due to that.

Feisty56 wrote on December 23, 2014, 11:03 PM

It's terrible not having health insurance and having for few options. It's frustrating to have health insurance and although there are more options, not all of them are palatable. I'm happy to hear you'll soon be returning to the health care providers with whom you had established relationships.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on December 23, 2014, 11:51 PM

I'm not there yet. I'm still paying through the nose for private insurance. Oh the joys of self-employment.

MegL wrote on December 24, 2014, 2:54 AM

I am really glad that we don't have to worry about any of that in the UK, with the National Health Service!

Kasman wrote on December 24, 2014, 8:36 AM

As MegL says living in the UK we do not have to worry about medical care. The UK National Health Service provides all care free at the point of delivery. We do not pay a fee and we do not need separate insurance, not even for chronic conditions. The NHS is paid for out of general taxation. It costs the country an absolute fortune and the system isn't without its problems but it takes all the worry out of falling ill.

lookatdesktop wrote on December 24, 2014, 9:22 AM

I go to a county hospital and they have a special program that goes along in helping patients get more from their already existent medicare and medicaid coverage based on either retirement or disability and low income as well.

Bethany1202 wrote on December 24, 2014, 1:20 PM

Thanks for the Medicare info and clarifications.

Feisty56 wrote on December 24, 2014, 5:13 PM

The cost of insurance is astronomical. I don't know how anyone affords health coverage, not even that offered through the Affordable Care Act. Unless a person or family falls into the low income range and receives help with reduced premiums or qualifies for Medicare, I don't see many benefits of the massive changes.

Feisty56 wrote on December 24, 2014, 5:30 PM

It would seem to me that our government could have learned from healthcare systems around the globe that are working well and developed a similar system here. Had the obstructionists in Congress, spurred on by Big Business and Big Money, been amenable to true discussions about the Affordable Care Act, we might now have something in place such as the UK -- or at least something that would reduce the concerns about health care here.

Feisty56 wrote on December 24, 2014, 5:33 PM

How simple that sounds! You can be pretty certain there are many of us in the U.S. who are envious.

Feisty56 wrote on December 24, 2014, 5:35 PM

That's wonderful! I wonder where the funding comes from for the hospital to be able to do that.

Feisty56 wrote on December 24, 2014, 5:36 PM

You're most welcome.

lookatdesktop wrote on December 24, 2014, 5:53 PM

Perhaps Gill Gates or Oprah. Just kidding.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on December 25, 2014, 1:21 AM

I looked into the subsidy. Get this ... I don't make enough money to get one.

Feisty56 wrote on December 25, 2014, 9:46 AM

That makes absolutely no sense at all!

AliCanary wrote on December 26, 2014, 9:58 PM

This is very informative! I hope a lot of people will find it and get some helpful information.

BarbRad wrote on December 27, 2014, 12:21 AM

Compared to the USA, the United Kingdom is quite small. As evidenced by our American VA scandal, large bureaucracies such as that the "Affordable" Care Act created are quite unwieldy and hard to administer. All those extra administrators aren't free. As we've seen with Medicare and Medicaid, a lot of undetected fraud also adds costs to our government health care. WE don't need a monopoly. We need to make insurance companies more competitive by allowing people to buy any plan they want nationwide with only the kind of coverage they need. One size doesn't fit all, yet the government wants all plans to cover things much of the population doesn't want or need because politicians have an agenda. Of course, no solution is simple. But the one Congress gave us that they passed to learn what was in it was not a stop in the right direction. What's going to happen here is that doctors will not accept patients who aren't able to pay them what they should earn and only the very rich will be able to afford the best doctors. Many doctors I know were planning to retire or find another way to earn a living if California had passed certain measures that were on the ballot this year that put new demands on physicians. Fortunately the measures failed.

VinceSummers wrote on December 27, 2014, 10:33 AM

I learned just a bit about the abdominal aorta from my physical therapist. You see, I can feel my pulse in it!

maxeen wrote on December 28, 2014, 3:00 PM

Is it sufficient for the countries needs ?

catsholiday wrote on January 3, 2015, 11:57 AM

Thanks for that I always though that all healthcare in the USA had to be paid for. Our NHS is free to all but we paid for prescriptions for drugs