Pays - Get the
Most from It!
Senior citizens who want to keep the pink in their cheeks without
losing the green in their wallets should check out the free and
almost-free preventive-health-care services offered by Medicare.
Many older people have been overlooking these services
-- and putting their health and wealth in jeopardy.
Here's a list of what people 65 years of age, some disabled people under 65
years of age, and people with End-Stage Renal Disease (permanent
kidney failure treated with dialysis or a transplant) can get with little or
1. One-time "Welcome to Medicare" Physical
This exam will include a
thorough review of your health, education and counseling about the preventative
services you need like certain screenings and shots, and referrals for other
care if you need it.
- Eligible patients: All people whose Medicare Part B begins on or after
January 1, 2005
- How often: One time only within the first six months that you have Part B
- Cost: 20% of the Medicare-approved amount after the yearly Part B
2. Cardiovascular screening
- Eligible patients: Talk with your doctor to see if
- How often: Talk with your doctor about how often
- Cost: free
3. Flu shot
- Eligible patients: Medicare beneficiaries
- When Needed: Medicare will pay for the flu shot once
every flu season. In some cases this may mean twice in one year. For example,
if you received a shot in January 2005 for one flu season, you could be
inoculated again in October 2005 for another flu season.
- Cost: Free if your doctor or provider accepts Medicare. Medicare
will pay about $18 for your flu shot if you go to a doctor or
provider who doesn't participate in Medicare. This amount varies by
State and could be less than a doctor or provider charges you.