Putting Preventive Care Coverage First

Young woman visiting her doctor for preventive care services.

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In today’s healthcare landscape, you cannot understate the importance of preventive care within health insurance plans. Besides the usual scope of medical treatments for ailments, emphasizing preventive care has become paramount in ensuring overall well-being.

Preventive care encompasses a range of services, including routine check-ups, screenings, vaccinations, and counseling to detect potential health issues. Including this care in health insurance plans promotes healthier lives and has long-term benefits such as cost savings for the individual and the healthcare system. Therefore, it is necessary to understand and value coverage for preventive care in the overall quality of life.

Understanding Preventive Care

It can be easy to confuse preventive care with diagnostic care. However, diagnostic care is the service in which your provider searches for something specific. And that care is usually based on a preventive test or screening results. For example, a radiologist asks for a mammogram as a follow-up to check for detected irregularities during a routine preventive exam. The follow-up is deemed diagnostic.

Here are some examples of preventive health services and the frequency with which you should get them:

Annual Check-Up. This yearly visit occurs when your Primary Care Provider (PCP) checks all aspects of your health (both physical and emotional). The visit focuses on detecting any health concerns before they become major issues.

Flu Shot. The flu shot is done once per year and usually is 100% covered under most health plans and protects you from certain strains of the flu.

Mammogram. After the age of 40, once a year, it is recommended to begin routine x-rays of the breast tissue to check for any abnormalities. Some health plans may also cover the costs of 3D images.

Vaccinations. During childhood, you usually receive most of your required vaccinations and obtain boosters throughout the following years as needed. Vaccinations for measles, mumps, polio, etc. are covered 100%.

The Benefits of Preventive Care

The primary benefit of preventive care is that it helps you stay as healthy as possible. When you have those routine visits with your doctor, they can track your progress and find inconsistencies and abnormalities in your health. And early detection is vital to maintaining your health. Fortunately, most preventive care comes at no cost for you because it remains part of your health plan. So, there are no obstacles to maintaining your health.

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About Kayla Gonzalez

Kayla is a graduate of Texas A&M University and joined the Empower Brokerage marketing team in early 2021. She creates content for the company websites and assists with various marketing campaigns. LinkedIn Profile

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