5 Reasons to care about preventive care

If you had the chance to improve your health for free, would you take it? Good news – your chance is here! Medicare covers many preventive services, also called wellness services, designed to help you stay healthy.

My team gets a lot of questions about preventive care, like what’s covered and why it matters. Whether you’re on Original Medicare or a plan through a private insurance company, here are five reasons preventive care matters.

Five reasons to care about preventive care:

1. You pay nothing

You read that right, nothing! Medicare covers the cost of every service it considers preventive care, so you won’t pay anything out of pocket for these services.

2. You might live longer

You’ll be screened for breast cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and more. Screenings help to catch any potential issues early on, so you can focus on doing the things you love.

3. You’ll see your doctor

If you’re staying on top of your preventive care, you’ll sit down with your doctor at least once a year. This gives you a chance to talk on a regular basis about any health concerns or additional screenings and tests you should have.

4. You can get healthy, for good

Medicare covers counseling for quitting tobacco, obesity and alcohol use. These services can help you to make healthier choices and change your lifestyle in a positive way.

5. You’ll protect yourself and others

Immunizations like the flu shot and pneumonia are covered, which can help keep you and those around you healthy.

Better health is just a doctor’s visit away. View the full list of Medicare covered preventive screenings and schedule a visit with your doctor today.