Silver. Health check, vaccines, screenings… What are the free health checks on retirement?

The preventive health examination (EFS)

Formerly known as a free health check, the EFS is offered to anyone covered by the general health insurance scheme (CPAM) or the Mutualité sociale agricole (MSA). Retirees are however part of the priority audiences for this real “health course” of 2h30.

It begins with an interview on the rights of the patient and a consultation with a general practitioner, and continues with a series of biological analyzes and tests (auditory, visual, cardiorespiratory, etc.). A dental examination is also carried out before a return to a doctor with whom an assessment of the course is drawn up.

A personalized follow-up is also offered at this time with the possibility of additional examinations, or even an appointment with a specialized social worker in the event of financial difficulties in assuming these future examinations.

With your agreement, the results of this “health audit” can be sent to your attending physician. Completely free, the EFS can take place every five years. To make an appointment, you can call the CPAM on 36 46.

The results of Agirc-Arrco

Agirc-Arrco offers a free prevention check-up to its members over 50 and who do not have a doctor. Completely free, this assessment is intended to take stock with the retiree of their medical situation (treatments, vaccinations, etc.), social (environment, family, etc.) and psychological (adjustment to retirement, projects, etc.) through interviews with a general practitioner. and a psychologist. A memory test may also be performed.

This assessment can be done remotely or in one of the 14 Agirc-Arrco prevention centres. To benefit from it, make a request on

Screenings and vaccine

Medicare offers two completely free screenings. The first concerns breast cancer. A screening mammogram is offered to women between the ages of 50 and 74 who have no symptoms and no particular risk factors for breast cancer, other than their age. This free screening and without advance payment can be carried out every two years by an invitation letter from the Health Insurance.

Similarly, colorectal cancer screening is also offered every two years to women and men between the ages of 50 and 74. On an invitation letter, it is possible to pick up a screening kit from your doctor, at the pharmacy or online at then to take a stool sample at home which will be analyzed in the laboratory for blood testing. If the test is positive, a colonoscopy is prescribed.

Finally, for people over 65, the seasonal flu vaccine is free. Health insurance sends a voucher every year to be presented to a pharmacy to collect the vaccine.

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