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Many people already have a doctor they know, trust, and will keep visiting. This is a primary care physician. This person, or team, is your go-to when you are feeling ill or in need of an annual exam. When it is time to initially enroll in a Medicare plan or switch Medicare coverage, making sure your current doctors are covered is crucial.

Get the most out of your coverage

If you already have a primary care physician, you’re aware of the benefits. The consistency of seeing the same team each time you go for a visit, saving the time you would spend trying to find a reputable doctor in your area, and having a point-person to keep track of any and all medications you are taking is invaluable. But are you taking advantage of all the benefits of a primary care physician?

Medicare offers a yearly “wellness” visit for those who have been on Medicare Part B for at least one year. These visits are 100% covered by your Medicare provider. This visit differs from a yearly physical, and offers:

  • Review of medical history
  • Updating a list of prescriptions
  • Routine measurements (height, weight, blood pressure, etc.)
  • Cognitive impairment detection
  • Risk factors and treatment options
  • Personalized healthcare advice.

What about referrals?

If you need to see a specialist for a more serious matter, having a primary care physician can help you find a great specialist that is already in your network. Getting a referral from your primary doctor will help make sure you aren’t paying extra costs out-of-pocket when you need more specialized care. In addition, being referred to a new doctor by a physician you trust can help put you at ease when seeing a specialist.

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