Preventive or Wellness services

Preventive or Wellness services focus on evaluating your current health status when you are symptom free. Preventive care allows you to obtain early diagnosis and treatment, to help avoid more serious health problems. Through a preventive exam and routine health screenings, your doctor can determine your current health status and detect early warning signs of more serious problems. Your preventive care services may include immunizations, physical exams, lab work, mammograms, pap smears, prostate exams and screening x-rays. During your preventive visit your doctor will determine what tests or health screenings are right for you based on many factors such as your age, gender, overall health status, personal health history and your current health condition.
  • This isn’t Preventive Care: Medical treatment for specific health conditions, on-going care, lab or other tests necessary to manage or treat a medical issue or health condition are considered diagnostic care or treatment, not preventive care.
TIP: In order to get your free annual preventive/wellness visit, you have to make sure your doctor codes it correctly as a covered wellness benefit. You can generally ask your doctor and insurer whether the service will be coded as preventive care. This allows you to find out if a service will be billed as preventive care or not. Make sure you take advantage of this coverage to ensure you maintain your best health. 
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