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Preventive care helps detect or prevent serious diseases and medical problems before they become major. Preventive care is different from diagnostic care which your provider is looking for something specific, often based on the results of a preventive test or screening. 

For example, the radiologist may ask for a follow-up mammogram for a patient. This follow-up is to check for something that may be detected during the preventive or routine mammogram.  The follow-up mammogram is diagnostic and not covered as preventive care. Preventive care is intended to help you stay as healthy as possible. 

ShineMed primary care provider can help you coordinate what tests and shots are right for you. They may consider things like family history, age, sex, current health status, and more.

What Is Preventive Care?

Is It Covered By Insurance?

Most health plans are required by law to cover eligible preventive care services at 100%. Your provider must be in the network in order to be fully covered. If you don't have insurance, ShineMed provides an affordable price for an annual exam with blood work. Please ask our staff!!



  • Annual Check-up (1 per Calendar year)

  • Mammogram (1 per Calendar year, usually after the age of 40): Screening for breast cancer

  • Colonoscopy (typically 1 per every 10 years, usually after the age of 45): Screening for colon cancer

  • Vaccinations (flu shot every year, shingles shot after age 50, and pneumonia shot after age 65)

Examples Of Preventive Care Services And
Their Frequency  Includes:

Examples Of Non-Preventive Care Includes:

  • Diagnostic tests and screenings

  • Additional primary care visits

  • Specialists visits

  • Alternative therapies


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