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Originally posted by greekfed:

I’ve often wondered why Medicare doesn’t offer a real annual physical instead of this joke?
Not sure what you mean. I go to my primary care doc twice a year for an office visit. Blood work is evaluated and discussed, anything else that raises a question is dealt with, including scheduling for diagnostic procedures (X-Ray, MRI, etc.). All covered by the combination of Medicare Part B and Medicare Supplement Plan J. My co-pay for all of this stuff is generally zero.

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Yearly "Wellness" visits

If you’ve had Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) for longer than 12 months, you can get a yearly “Wellness” visit once every 12 months to develop or update a personalized prevention plan. Your provider may also perform a cognitive impairment assessment.

Your costs in Original Medicare

You pay nothing for this visit if your doctor or other qualified health care provider accepts Assignment.

The Part B deductible doesn’t apply.

However, you may have to pay coinsurance, and the Part B deductible may apply if:
- Your doctor or other health care provider performs additional tests or services during the same visit.
- These additional tests or services aren't covered under the preventive benefits.

What it is

The cognitive impairment assessment is performed to look for signs of Alzheimer's disease or dementia.

The personalized prevention plan is designed to help prevent disease and disability based on your current health and risk factors. Your provider will ask you to fill out a questionnaire, called a “Health Risk Assessment,” as part of this visit. Answering these questions can help you and your provider develop a personalized prevention plan to help you stay healthy and get the most out of your visit. It can also include:
- A review of your medical and family history.
- Developing or updating a list of current providers and prescriptions.
- Height, weight, blood pressure, and other routine measurements.
- Detection of any cognitive impairment.
- Personalized health advice.
- A list of risk factors and treatment options for you.
- A screening schedule (like a checklist) for appropriate preventive services. Get details about coverage for screenings, shots, and other preventive services.
- Advance care planning.

IMO, what's not here, and is vitally important, is blood work. But that's probably going to double, or more, the cost of the "wellness visit" to Medicare.

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