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The Importance of Preventive Health

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Tufts Health Plan Medicare Preferred is committed to helping you lead a healthy, active lifestyle. As part of this commitment, we encourage you to use our preventive health services. Taking part in preventive health helps to stop illness before it happens and is one of the best ways you can stay healthy.

What is preventive health?

Preventive health means screening for illness or disease before you have signs or feel sick. Preventive health screenings may find diseases early when they are easier to treat and stop some diseases from occurring. Identifying health issues before they become serious is one of the best ways to stay healthy.

What are some examples?

There are many types of preventive services, such as seeing your doctor once a year for a physical, getting a cancer screening, or having an eye exam.

Which preventive services do you need?

Your age, health, and sex will determine which tests or screenings you should have. Your doctor will be able to tell you which screenings are right for you.

How do you get started?

The best way to begin is to see your doctor once a year. Seeing your doctor every year for a physical is one of the most important preventive health practices. At a yearly physical, your doctor can help find health issues before they become serious.

For more information

If you have any questions, just call Customer Relations at 1-800-701-9000 (TTY 1-800-208-9562). Representatives are available 7 days a week, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. (From April 1 – September 30, representatives are available Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.) After hours and on holidays, please leave a message and a representative will return your call the next business day.

 

How Our Plans Can Help

Cancer Screenings

Tufts Health Plan Medicare Preferred plans cover colorectal, prostate and breast cancer screenings which can help detect cancer before symptoms occur, when treatment can be more effective.



 

Cardiovascular Screening

Tufts Health Plan Medicare Preferred plans provide coverage for an annual visit with your primary care physician to help lower your risk for cardiovascular disease. During this visit, your doctor may discuss aspirin use (if appropriate), check your blood pressure, and offer tips for a healthier diet. 
 

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