Medicare covers preventative care services, including an annual wellness visit. But confusing a wellness visit with a physical could be very costly. 

As part of the Affordable Care Act, Medicare beneficiaries receive a free annual wellness visit. At this visit, your doctor, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant will generally do the following: 

  • Ask you to fill out a health risk assessment questionnaire 
  • Update your medical history and current prescriptions
  • Measure your height, weight, blood pressure, and body mass index
  • Provide personalized health advice 
  • Create a screening schedule for the next 5 to 10 years
  • Screen for cognitive issues

You do not have to pay a deductible for this visit. You may also receive other free preventative services, such as a flu shot. 

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