Medicare covers many health screenings and most have frequency limitations, however, high risk patients may be covered for more frequent testing than those patients with a lower risk. For a complete listing, please refer to Medicare’s website at www.medicare.gov.
Some of the covered preventive services include:
- Mammograms – Women age 40 and older covered by Medicare can get a screening mammogram every 12 months.
- Colorectal Cancer Screening – All people with Medicare who are aged 50 and older are covered for colorectal screenings:Fecal Occult blood tests – Once every 12 months.
- Flexible Sigmoidoscopy – Once every 48 months.
- Screening Colonoscopy – Once every 120 months (or every 24 months for those at high risk).
- Barium Enema – Once every 48 months.
- Prostate Cancer Screening – All Men with Medicare who are age 50 and older are covered for a Digital Rectal exam once every 12 months. PSA tests - Covered once every 12 months.
- Cardiovascular screening – (Lab tests for cholesterol, lipid and triglyceride levels) – Once every five years
- Cervical and Vaginal Cancer Screening – Women with Medicare are covered for these screening tests once every 24 months. Women in high risk categories may be covered once every 12 months.
- Bone Mass Measurements: All people with Medicare whose doctors believe they may be at risk for osteoporosis are covered once every 24 months.