Medicare: Are You Taking Advantage of All of Your Benefits?


Whether you have just signed up for Medicare, or have been a recipient of assistance for years, you may not be getting all of the benefits you are entitled to.

The Affordable Care Act has enhanced the offerings of Medicare to include certain preventative tests designed to reduce the incidence of particular cancers and diseases.

The List

Below is a list of the prevention measures offered by Medicare, which are covered under Part B. (Note that some tests may be gender specific and subject to referral or qualification based on certain risk factors.)

  1. "Welcome to Medicare" doctor's visit
  2. Yearly "Wellness" doctor's visit
  3. Tobacco use cessation counseling
  4. Abdominal aortic aneurysm screening
  5. Cardiovascular screening
  6. Medical nutrition therapy
  7. Breast cancer screening (women only)
  8. Cervical and vaginal cancer screening (women only)
  9. HIV screening
  10. Colorectal cancer screening
  11. EKG screening
  12. Prostate cancer screening (men only)
  13. Glaucoma tests
  14. Shots
  15. Diabetes screening, supplies and self-management training
  16. Bone mass measurements

Medicare offers these services for little or no charge because they are designed to nip potential health problems in the bud.

For more information on Medicare: Medicare Preventive Services

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When will Medicare, or any insurance begin to pay for alternative, or integrative medicine? Things like Massage, Accupuncture, etc., rather than drugs, surgeries, expensive treatments like facet blocks, abalations, etc.
JerryAnn: I could not agree more. Western medicine is hostile to alternative approaches. The reason, I have figured out, is that natural remedies take more one-on-one time with the patient. Also, naturopaths are more "prevention" oriented, and again this takes time working with a patient. Western medicine is all about the "cure" which usually translates into harsh drugs or surgeries. (Btw, I agree, ablations are being overused's the latest "thing" and people do not know how dangerous they are.)
When I had a naturopath, she was more than willing to work with my internist. He on the other hand, was arrogant and refused to speak with her.
For minor ailments, I definitely go to my natural remedies. And I practice prevention. I do the same for my Mom.
What's an ablation?