What Does Medicare Pay?
Medicare has four parts – Part A, B, C and D. Out of these, the first two also called Original Medicare, are given by the government directly, Part C and D have to be taken from private insurance companies. Medicare Part A pays for the hospitalization costs, skilled nursing care and hospice care. Part B covers the outpatient expenses like doctor visits, lab tests, X-rays etc. Part C covers all the benefits under Part A and B with some extra benefits. Part D pays for the prescription drugs. However, there are deductibles and co-pays with the plans which have to be paid when services are used. In many cases coverage is not 100%.
What Does Medicare Not Cover?