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Why You Need an Annual Medicare Wellness Visit and an Annual Physical Exam

As part of your Senior Benefits, Medicare covers an “Annual Wellness Visit.” This visit is not the same thing as your Annual Physical Exam. During your “Annual Wellness Visit” your doctor will talk to you about your medical history, review your risk factors for illness, and make a personalized prevention plan to keep you healthy. The visit does not have a co-pay. It also does not include a hands-on physical exam or any testing that your doctor may recommend, nor does it include any discussion about any new or current medical problems, conditions, or medications. These issues are part of your Annual Physical Exam, which does have a copay. We encourage you to visit your primary care physician for your Annual Medicare Wellness Visit and your Annual Physical Exam so you can receive the best, most comprehensive care.

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