Your Medicare Coverage

Is my test, item, or service covered?

Depression screenings

How often is it covered?

Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) covers one depression screening per year.

Who's eligible?

All people with Part B are covered.

The screening must occur in a primary care setting (like a doctor's office) that can provide follow-up treatment and/or referrals.

Your costs in Original Medicare

You pay nothing for this screening if your doctor accepts assignment.


Your doctor or other health care provider may recommend you get services more often than Medicare covers. Or, they may recommend services that Medicare doesn’t cover. If this happens, you may have to pay some or all of the costs. Ask questions so you understand why your doctor is recommending certain services and whether Medicare will pay for them.

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