Staying Healthy with No Cost Medicare
An important goal for Medicare is to help people stay healthy by encouraging prevention. Medicare provides a number of preventive services. These services are free whether you have traditional Medicare or a Medicare Advantage plan, like an HMO.
Some of these services include:
- Colorectal cancer screening (including colonoscopies)
- Pap tests and pelvic exams
- Prostate cancer screening
- Bone mass measurements
- Cardiovascular screening
- Flu and pneumonia shots
- Alcohol misuse screening and counseling
- Depression screening
- Obesity screening and counseling
There are very specific rules which state when and how often Medicare will pay for the above services. For a complete list of free preventive services, go to www.medicare.gov or see a SHINE counselor.
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