People in America today can expect to live longer than ever before. Once you make it to 65, the data suggest that you can live another 19.3 years, on average, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). For many, senior living includes carefully managing chronic conditions in order to stay healthy. You should make an appointment from time to time with Dr Right, even if you think you are healthy. The purpose of these visits are to:
- Screen for medical issues
- Assess your risk for future medical problems
- Encourage a healthy lifestyle
- Update vaccinations
- Help you get to know your provider before an illness.
“The American Cancer Society and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommend discontinuation of cervical cancer screening between 65 and 70 years of age in women with adequate previous screening and no abnormal test results in the preceding 10 years who are not otherwise at high risk.”
Read that again!! We all know that signs of serious illness and diseases can pop up at anytime or at any age, so to put a date to discontinue this important testing is detrimental to women. Most health insurance companies will NOT cover pap smears after the age of 65. In other words you will have to pay for the procedure and/any retesting costs, and not every woman has the ability to pay. The costs for physician visits plus the actual Costs for Pap vary from state to state and is based on what your doctor orders. Which could lead to more follow-up testing and those can go thru the roof.
Just last week I found out, that according to my medicare plan I will no longer qualify for a well woman checkup because I will be sixty six on my birthday. Well. . . she told me! So, now I’m passing on the information to You. It’s simply this. . . if I want to get an annual pap test next year. I’ll have to pay for it and that will have to come out of my retail therapy fund. – – Wait. . let me go take another look at my closet purge items. . I need to keep that jacket, that skirt and maybe those jeans will be trendy again – – Just another cutback to make. I will say this. . . Get all the medical testing you can, before you sign the new medicare card, because your life will change in more ways than one!
With all that is going on in the news
lately Again, we have got to take charge and speak up about what matters to us. Men making policy changes that affects how we treat our bodies is not only cruel, it’s stomping on our basic human rights. Wake up Girl !!!