A Guy’s Guide to Friday Health Plans
Did you know only 60% of guys take advantage of the free annual physical exam included in their health insurance plan?
It’s true. And the other 40% only go to see the doctor if something is very, very wrong. Read: broken bone, pneumonia, terrible back pain, nasty skin infection.
For some reason, guys simply don’t use their health plan benefits and free preventive services as much as they should. And we’re here to help change that. So, in honor of Men’s Health Month, we’re outlining all of the free healthcare services guys get with their Friday health plans.
Guys, your health plan includes a bunch of convenient $0 services that will help you stay healthy and keep your costs down throughout the year. Be sure to give this a quick read to get the most out of your plan:
Set up your annual physical exam
An annual physical exam is a free comprehensive preventive exam with a primary care doctor. We know, we know, you might not even have a regular doctor, but we can help you find one near you. Check out our doctor search, or give us a call and we’ll map it out for you: 800-475-8466
Your physical exam includes certain preventive tests, screenings, and vaccinations. It’s also great for discussing your health history and health goals with your doctor who can make referrals and recommend any further tests that need to be done.
Best of all, this visit is included in every Friday health plan. And while you can get it done anytime of the year, we suggest getting it done sooner than later (we’re just about halfway through the year).
Physical exam included tests and screenings:
- Blood pressure Screening
- Cholesterol Screening
- Colorectal Screening (for men over 50)
- Diabetes Type 2 Screening
- Depression screening
- Diet Counseling
- Hepatitis B Screening
- HIV Screening
- Obesity Screening
- Syphilis Screening
- Tobacco Use Screenings and Preventions
Get healthy, stay healthy with $0 generic drugs
With Friday’s Bronze, Silver, and Gold plans (not Bronze HSA or catastrophic), preferred generic drugs are also $0. You can see that list right here.
You also have access to a wide-range of vaccines to keep you in shipshape. You can get these done at your primary care doc’s office or through a local, convenient vaccine provider:
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
- Herpes Zoster
- Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
- Influenza (flu shot)
- Varicella (Chickenpox)
Don’t want to wait a week to see the doctor? Use Teladoc
As an extra benefit, you can speak to a doctor online or over the phone for a $45 flat fee. It’s honestly the fastest and (in many members opinions) the best way to get help for a wide-range of non-emergency illnesses, like sinus problems, respiratory infection, allergies, urinary tract infection, the cold, and flu symptoms.
(This is an added service to your plan, so it does not go toward your deductible.)
Take advantage of your three free doctor visits (in addition to your free wellness exam)
Whether it’s that nagging head cold that won’t seem to go away or that weird rash you’ve been meaning to get checked out, you’re covered at no cost. You have three free visits* with your primary care doc in addition to your annual physical exam.
*Not available on the Bronze HSA plan
Get those peepers checked
Did you know that all Friday health plans include a free yearly eye exam? Well, they do.
So if you’ve been thinking about getting your eyes checked out, you can go right ahead and do so. Visit vsp.com to find an eye doctor near you.
As always, if you have any questions about your plan, services, or benefits, please call our friendly Colorado-based customer service team: 800-475-8466
If you prefer email, you can also drop us a line at: firstname.lastname@example.org