The medical community has always said that the key to a long and healthy life is diagnosing severe medical conditions as soon as they start to develop and starting appropriately aggressive treatment right away. While several tests and screenings can accurately diagnose severe health problems before they become too severe, many people hesitate to take advantage of these tests because of the high cost.
More often than not some very specific set of conditions have to be met before health insurance companies will approve the tests. If the patient has no symptoms of problems, the insurance company will likely refuse to cover preventative testing. Since most people don’t want to have to pay for expensive tests out of their own pocket, medical conditions sometimes go undiagnosed until it’s far too late.
The Affordable Care Act will change all of that. When it comes to preventative tests and screening for severe medical conditions, insurance companies will be required to cover it all.
Which Preventive Tests and Diagnostic Services does ObamaCare cover?
Help with smoking addiction – Ending a lifelong smoking habit will be the hardest thing you’ve ever done. Having the support of trained counselors will help. By offering the smoking addiction program for free, the government has high hopes that they will be able to eliminate smoking forever.
Mammograms – The numbers indicate that at least one out of every 8 women will develop breast cancer, and the disease causes 40,000 to lose their life every single year. A yearly mammogram will catch the early signs of the cancer developing and take the steps needed to prevent the cancerous cells from spreading.
Some Vaccinations – Vaccinations are an important part of staying healthy. Though all vaccinations will not be free, the government intends to make some, such as tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis, available at no out-of-pocket expense.
Domestic Abuse Counseling – Domestic abuse impacts more than just the couple. Any children who are involved in the situation will be scarred for the remainder of their lives. Domestic abuse counseling has been designed to stop the cycle of abuse. The entire family will be able to take advantage of domestic abuse counseling at no charge under the rules of ObamaCare.
STD testing and counseling – This will be available to both men and women. Hopefully, by offering this service for free, the spread of dangerous STD’s will be stopped forever.
Breastfeeding Support – New mothers often want to breastfeed their newborn babies, but they’re not always sure how to go about it. Now they will be able to get free breastfeeding support, counseling, and the necessary supplies.
Birth Control Contraceptives – While it’s true that some types of birth control will be available for free, it’s important to note that this won’t be true of all brands. If the brand you use isn’t listed as one of the free ones the ObamaCare program covers, you’ll want to talk to your doctor about a different brand which will work just as well and can be used for free.
Being able to utilize all of these free medical services should cause the average American’s overall health to improve.