Preventive Care

What to know about preventive care

An annual checkup is a good way to make sure everything checks out

When you schedule your annual checkup with a network provider, your visit may come at no added cost.1

Get your preventive care checkup checklist

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Heading to your annual checkup?

Checking in on your health and getting recommended preventive care may help paint a more accurate picture of your overall well-being — and that’s a good thing to know. Here’s what you might expect at your visit.

Guidelines for:

Everyone

  • Annual flu vaccine
    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it’s the best way to protect you and your family from the flu.1
  • Body mass index (BMI) assessment
    Your BMI is an estimate of your body fat based on your height and weight. It provides a quick way to learn if you are at a healthy weight.3
  • Blood pressure control
    Keeping your blood pressure in check is an important part of maintaining good health.2
  • Colorectal cancer screening (for adults 50 years and older)
    Tests like a colonoscopy, sigmoidoscopy, virtual colonoscopy and at-home test kits can be used to detect colon cancer early.2

Women

  • Breast cancer screening
    A mammogram may help detect early signs of breast cancer in women.2
  • Cervical cancer screening
    Pap smears may help detect early signs and symptoms of cervical cancer in women.2

People with diabetes

  • Eye exam
    The American Diabetes Association. recommends an annual dilated eye exam with an eye care provider to look for problems caused by diabetes—even if you don’t have any symptoms.3
  • Hemoglobin A1C testing and control
    This blood test measures average blood sugar over a period of time and may help detect complications of diabetes.3

What’s the difference between preventive and diagnostic care?

Preventive Care

Preventive care — including routine exams, screenings and immunizations — may help detect otherwise undetectable issues early, when health conditions are typically more treatable.2

Diagnostic Care

Diagnostic care helps diagnose or treat symptoms or risk factors that are already present.

Footnotes

  1. Certain preventive care items and services, including immunizations, are provided as specified by applicable law, including the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) and state law, with no cost-sharing to you. These services may be based on your age and other health factors.

    UnitedHealthcare also covers other routine services, where some plans may require copayments, coinsurance or deductibles for these benefits. Always review your plan documents to determine your specific coverage.

    Insurance coverage provided by or through UnitedHealthcare Insurance Company or its affiliates.

    Administrative services provided by United HealthCare Services, Inc. or their affiliates.

  2. health.gov/myhealthfinder; accessed 5/2019.

  3. www.aap.org; accessed 5/2019.