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Can my doctor do preventive screenings during my annual physical?

Joane Goodroe
Nursing
The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, requires health insurance to provide some preventive screening tests as part of an annual physical.  The following are some of the tests covered under the law. 
  • One-time abdominal aortic aneurysm screening for men of specified ages who have smoked
  • Cholesterol screening for adults of certain ages or at higher risk
  • Colorectal cancer screening for adults over 50
  • Type 2 diabetes screening for adults with high blood pressure
  • HIV screening for all adults at higher risk
  • Immunization vaccines for adults
  • Breast cancer mammography screenings every 1 to 2 years for women over 40
  • Osteoporosis screening for women over age 60 depending on risk factors
There is a gap in the healthcare system: If you are asymptomatic -- meaning you are not yet sick and feel well -- but have risk factors such as age, family history of disease, or certain health conditions, our nation’s system is not well designed to take preventive steps towards your good health. We are quite good at treating illness once symptoms occur; but for many diseases like stroke, the first symptom is a stroke. Four out of five stroke victims have no apparent symptoms or warning signs.

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