Frequently Asked Questions

15. Who should get a bone density test?

The United States Preventive Services Task Force recommends that women aged 65 and older be screened for osteoporosis, as well as women aged 60 and older who are at increased risk for an osteoporosis-related fracture. However, the decision whether to have a bone density test is best made between a patient and his or her doctor.

Medicare will usually cover the cost of a bone density test, and a follow up test every 2 years, for female beneficiaries. It also will cover screening and follow up of any male Medicare recipients who have significant risk factors for osteoporosis.