Great health benefits, at no extra cost

Explore these free health and wellness services available to you.


Yearly “Wellness” visits

Each year, you are eligible for a “Wellness” visit at no cost. That means you’ll have a $0 copay when you schedule your visit with a provider in your plan network. Yearly “Wellness” visits include:

  • A personalized prevention plan
    This is designed to help prevent disease and disability based on your current health and risk factors. Your provider will ask you to fill out a questionnaire, called a “Health Risk Questionnaire,” as part of this visit. Answering these questions can help you and your provider develop a personalized prevention plan to help you stay healthy and get the most out of your visit. It can also include:

    • A review of your medical and family history
    • Developing or updating a list of current providers and prescriptions
    • Height, weight, blood pressure, and other routine measurements
    • Personalized health advice
    • A list of risk factors and treatment options for you
    • A screening schedule (like a checklist) for appropriate preventive services
    • Details about coverage for screenings, shots, and other preventive services
    • Advance care planning
  • A cognitive impairment assessment
    The cognitive impairment assessment is performed to look for signs of memory problems including Alzheimer's disease or dementia. The assessment will also check for depression and other mood disorders. Your provider may order other tests, if necessary, depending on your general health and medical history.
  • TIP: When scheduling an appointment, be specific that it is for your yearly “Wellness” visit so they know you shouldn’t be charged at the time of service. Please note that you may have a copay if your doctor performs additional tests or services during the same visit that aren’t covered under your preventive benefits. You can also download our free preventive care checklists and take them to your appointment.



Free fitness resources

As a Sharp Direct Advantage® member, you can choose between a free gym membership through Silver&Fit® and a home fitness kit featuring a Fitbit Inspire — all at no cost. The gym membership will give you access to facilities such as 24 Hour Fitness, Curves, Jazzercise, LA Fitness and more throughout San Diego. If you prefer to exercise at home, there are 35 available at-home exercise programs including the new Fitbit® Connected! Kit that can be mailed directly to your home.

  • TIP: As a Sharp Direct Advantage member, you also have direct access to exclusive discounts on alternative care and wellness products. We offer our Medicare members a 50% discount to Studio SWEAT onDemand for a variety of live streaming workouts. We also offer members access to ChooseHealthy®, which helps members save big on wellness products and services.

Best Health® wellness program

Our top-rated wellness program is designed to help you live a full, vibrant life. Get started by taking your Wellness Assessment to receive personalized health results, and enjoy free one-on-one personal health coaching, wellness webinars and interactive learning modules.


After-Hours Nurse Advice

After-hours and on weekends, registered nurses are available to give health advice to you over the phone through Sharp Nurse Connection®. Get answers to your questions about an illness or injury, learn more about when and where to seek care, and receive advice about other health concerns. Call 1-855-562-8853 from 5 pm – 8 am on weeknights and 24 hours on weekends.


Emergency Travel Services

When you’re traveling 100+ miles away from home or abroad, you can still get the care you need. Our out-of-area emergency services do not require an authorization from your primary care physician. Available services include medical consultations, evaluation and referral, prescription assistance and more.


Don’t forget about these low-cost benefits

Vision and hearing coverage

Vision Service Plan (VSP) Choice is included in Sharp Direct Advantage plans, so you can enjoy access to benefits such as annual routine eye exams and an allowance for glasses or contacts every 24 months. VSP has more than 400 providers throughout San Diego County to ensure that you can find the care you need close to your home.

Your plan may also include a hearing allowance every 2–3 years through San Diego Hearing Centers and HearUSA. Log in to Sharp Connect to view your plan details for more information.

Acupuncture and chiropractic

Your plan may include acupuncture and chiropractic services through American Specialty Health. Your primary care physician can also refer you for treatments through your medical group. Log in to Sharp Connect to view your plan details and coverage.

Sharp Direct Advantage is offered by Sharp Health Plan. Sharp Health Plan is an HMO with a Medicare contract. Enrollment with Sharp Health Plan depends on contract renewal. Read the full disclaimer.

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