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9) Are there any screening procedures covered by Medicare?

Medicare does allow for some screening procedures. For those procedures that are allowed, there are time frequency requirements that must be observed, for the service to be covered.

PLEASE NOTE: A physical examination is covered ONLY if it has been within 6 months that you become eligible for Medicare benefits. All other complete physical examinations are not a benefit under the Medicare program.

PSA (prostate specific antigen) Test
Beneficiaries aged 50 and older, are entitled to one (1)
screening exam every 12 months.

Pap Smears, Pelvic and Breast Examinations
Beneficiaries are entitled to one (1) screening exam every
2 years.

Mammography
Beneficiaries aged 40 and older, are entitled to one (1)
screening exam every 12 months.

Occult Blood Test
Beneficiaries aged 50 and older, are entitled to (1) screening
exam every 12 months.

Colonoscopy Examination
Beneficiaries are entitled to one (1) screening exam every
10 years.

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