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resuscitated if your heart stops. These directives also cover organ and tissue donation.

People who's have this initial consultation will then have a baseline health record, including a checklist for a plan of action, such as further cancer or diabetes screenings and vaccinations. The Affordable Care Act also makes these free to Medicare beneficiaries.

Annual checkups, which Medicare calls wellness exams, will still be offered after a person has been enrolled for 12 months. They, too, will be free if the doctor accepts payment from Medicare.

"An aircraft is required to have an annual inspection," McClellan noted. "A person is a much more complex human machine that should be checked over annually, at least. We can't do prevention unless people are coming in for preventive health-care visits."

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Visit the Medicare Web site for more on the new free physical.

SOURCE: David A. McClellan, M.D., assistant professor, family and community medicine, family medicine residency, Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine, Bryan, Texas


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