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What is the Welcome to Medicare physical exam?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine

The Welcome to Medicare physical exam is a one-time preventive physical exam. You can get one during the first 12 months after you enroll in Medicare Part B (Medicare insurance).

The Welcome to Medicare exam focuses on prevention and involves a thorough medical history, physical exam, and screenings such as cancer. You can also get your vaccinations updated.

Bring a list of prescription drugs that you take, along with immunization records and your medical history.

Your doctor may also discuss end-of-life planning to make sure family and friends know your final requests.

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