Health Facts: Osteoporosis

Posted on January 4, 2010

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 According to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in their Quick Guide to Healthy Living, if you are over age 65 you should get a bone density test to see if you are at risk for osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a condition that occurs when your bones are weak and have a greater chance of breaking. It is most common in older adults, especially women.

A bone density test is similar to an x-ray, but lasts about 15 minutes. Bone density tests do not hurt, but if your bones are weak, your doctor may be able to give you some tips about how you can slow or stop bone loss. More information about bone density tests can be found at healthfinder.gov.

If your doctor believes you are at risk for osteoporosis and orders the test, Medicare will cover 80 percent of the cost of one bone mass measurement every 24 months after you pay your annual Part B deductible. Medicare will also cover follow-up measurements or more frequent screenings if your doctor prescribes them.

For questions regarding Medicare or any insurance coverage, you may contact the Mayor’s Health Line at 617-534-5050.

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