Only 66% Of Medicare Beneficiaries Used Their Free Preventative Care In 2011

Medicare offers people free preventative care which includes a variety of things:

(This list is from http://www.medicare.gov/coverage/preventive-and-screening-services.html.)

Now, while HHS says that over 32M people used these services in 2011, this is only 66% of Medicare beneficiaries. This varies by state with 48.1% of people in Wyoming taking advantage of this benefit while 71.1% of people in Delaware take advantage of the benefit.

I’m not sure of the root cause, but I suspect a lot of it has to do with education. Beneficiaries don’t understand what’s free. They don’t understand how to take advantage of the benefit, and physicians aren’t reinforcing this.

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