Medicare recipients often don’t use free preventive care

Posted on: Friday, March 23, 2012

A considerable number of health insurance customers rely on Medicare for their well-being needs. However, according to a recent study, many of these individuals aren't taking advantage of the preventive services Medicare provides.

The study - "Retirement Healthcare for Middle-Income Americans" - was conducted by Bankers Life and Casualty Company Center for a Secure Retirement. It found that of the 400 pre-Medicare recipients and older adults already covered, approximately 50 percent of women used their free annual health visits. Preventive care service use was even less common among men, as just one-third took advantage of their wellness visit.

This was despite the fact that roughly nine in 10 of the same individuals polled said they had a greater appreciation for the importance of healthy living now compared to when they were in their 20s.

Chris Campbell, vice president of strategic marketing for Bankers Life, says visiting one's doctor is a crucial component to maintaining a healthy life.

"Make good health a personal priority," said Campbell. "Take steps to improve your health now so that you can fully enjoy your retirement years and help keep healthcare costs down."

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