Take Care of Yourself
Use your preventive care benefits
Getting regular checkups and exams can help you stay healthy and catch problems early - when they're easier to treat.
That's why our health plans offer all the age-appropriate preventive care services and immunizations below - at no cost to you*. As long as you see a doctor or use a pharmacy or lab in the plan, you won't have to pay anything for these services and immunizations. If you want to visit a doctor or pharmacy outside the plan, you may have to pay out of pocket.
Not sure which services make sense for you? Talk to your doctor. He or she can help you figure out what you need.
Preventive Care vs. Diagnostic Care
What's the difference? Preventive care helps protect you from getting sick. If your doctor recommends you have services even though you have no symptoms, that's preventive care. Diagnostic care is when you have symptoms and your doctor recommends services to determine what's causing those symptoms.
- Preventive Care. Some tests and exams can help catch problems early on or keep them from starting, and even save your life. These are called "preventive care" because they can help prevent some health problems.
- Diagnostic Care. Diagnostic tests are for when someone has symptoms of a health problem, and the doctor wants to find out why. Diagnostic tests help diagnose a health problem.
It's important to know the difference. For example, your doctor might want you to get a colonoscopy (a test that checks your colon). If it's because of your age, or because your family has a history of colon problems, it preventive care. But if it's because you're having pain or other symptoms of a problem, it's diagnostic care.
For a full list of adult and child preventive care exams and screenings available at no cost by an in-network provider, download our Preventive Care Info Sheet. You can also visit anthem.com/preventive-care to find out the preventive care guidelines for your age and gender.
When was your last checkup?
Regular well checkups can help you get and stay healthy
Checkups, or preventative exams, give you and your doctor a snapshot of your health. They also give you a chance to talk to your doctor about any problems or questions you have.
What to expect:
Most checkups start with a talk about your health history and any problems. After that, most doctors will talk to you about things like:
- Medicines you take
- How you eat - and how you could eat better
- How active you are - and whether you should be more active
- Stress in your life, or signs of depression
- Drinking, smoking and drug use
- Safety, like wearing your seat belt and using sunscreen
- You sexual habits and any risks they pose
- Tests and vaccines you may need
Get more from you exam
It will help both you and your doctor if you make some notes about your health ahead of time. Before you visit, write down:
- Your health history and your family's, especially if anything has changed since your last visit.
- Any medicines you take, how much you take and how often (don't forget vitamins and over-the-counter drugs).
- Concerns you have about your health.
- Any problems you're having or changes you've noticed.
NEED A DOCTOR? Go to anthem.com/member-needs for a link to the Find a Doctor tool.
FIGHTING THE FLU AND PNEUMONIA. Download Anthem's information sheet to help you and your family fight the flu and pneumonia each year. Most importantly, get your flu shot! Call the number on your member ID card or visit anthem.com to find a health professional in your plan near you.
1 The range of preventive care services covered at no cost share when provided by plan doctors is designed to meet state and federal requirements. The Department of Health and Human Services decided which services to include for full coverage based on U.S. Preventive Services Task. Force A and B recommendations, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and certain guidelines for infants, children, adolescents and women supported by Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Guidelines. You may have additional coverage under your insurance policy. To learn more about what your plan covers, see your Certif cate of Coverage i or call the Member Services number on your ID card.