The individuals having original Medicare plan, may also qualify for free Medicare preventive services in South Carolina, along with other annual wellness visits. Many preventive services have been introduced under Medicare program in the year 2011. You can get them from a physician or your local health care provider.
The objective of these preventive services offered by Medicare is to keep you in a healthy condition, with the help of facilities like annual wellness visits, counseling for cessation of tobacco use, and different types of no-pay screenings for diabetes, cancer and other such chronic diseases.
If you happen to be new to Medicare program, your Medicare preventive visit will be covered without the involvement of cost sharing, in your Part B coverage plan, for the first 12 months. This wellness visit is a one-time examination of your health and it also provides counseling about various health care and preventive services. In case you’ve had Medicare Part B for more than a year, then you can receive an annual wellness visit, to start a new prevention plan, which is personalized, according to your current health status and risk factors.
Even though you were not diagnosed with tobacco related diseases, this benefit will be covered under preventive services. If you have been diagnosed with an illness related to tobacco earlier, then deductibles and coinsurance applies.
Your Part B plan covers the pelvic exams and Pap smear tests, for every 24 months for all women and once every year, if you happen to be at risk for vaginal and cervical cancer.
Part B covers for screenings of lipid, cholesterol, triglyceride levels, for every five years. You only need to pay for doctor’s visit, which is 20% of the approved amount of Medicare.
Two fasting glucose tests every year will be covered under Part B plan for the individuals having High blood pressure levels, abnormal cholesterol levels, obese people and those with high blood sugar.