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En español | You can get one free “Welcome to Medicare” checkup at any time during the first 12 months after you enroll in Medicare Part B. This checkup is not the type of comprehensive exam known as a “physical” but an opportunity for your doctor to assess your health and provide a plan of future care. The checkup serves as a comparative baseline for monitoring your health during the annual “wellness visits” that Medicare will pay for in subsequent years.
During the “Welcome to Medicare” visit, you can expect the doctor to:
The “Welcome to Medicare” checkup is optional. You do not need to have had this checkup to qualify for later annual wellness visits; but Medicare won’t pay for a wellness visit during your first 12 months in Part B.
The “Welcome to Medicare” checkup is free of charge (no deductible, no copay) if the following conditions are met:
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