Medicare Part B does have a monthly premium. Similar to Part A, Medicare Part B does not cover 100% of costs. This is another reason why you need to consider having additional coverage, such as, a Medicare Supplement (Medigap) plan.
- Preventive Care Services: This includes screenings intended to prevent illness or detect conditions. Most of these services do not have a coinsurance.
- Medical Expenses: Physicians’ services both inpatient and outpatient medical services and supplies.
- Lab Services: X-rays, and other diagnostic screenings
- Ambulance Services
- Durable Medical Equipment (DME): This includes walkers, wheelchairs, and oxygen tanks
- Therapy Services: These are outpatient physical, speech and occupational services
- Infusion Drugs: This includes chemotherapy, kidney dialysis, and other immunosuppressant drugs. These are typically administered by a physician.
- Mental Health: Both inpatient and outpatient
This list includes common covered services, but it is not a complete list. Medicare Part B does have a monthly premium. Typically, this is automatically deducted from your Social Security Retirement check. If you are not receiving Social Security benefits, you will need to set-up a payment structure through the Social Security office. Review Medicare Part A and Part B Benefits Chart.
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