Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) covers medically necessary doctor services (including outpatient services and some doctor services you get when you’re a hospital inpatient) and covered preventive services.
If you haven’t received services from your doctor or group practice in the last 3 years, you may be considered a new patient. Check with the doctor or group practice to find out if they’re accepting new patients.
Your costs in Original Medicare
You pay 20% of the Medicare-Approved Amount for most services. You pay nothing for certain preventive services if your doctor or other provider accepts assignment . The Part B deductible applies.
Things to know
A doctor can be one of these:
- Doctor of Medicine (MD)
- Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO)
- In some cases, a dentist, podiatrist (foot doctor), optometrist (eye doctor), or Doctor of Chiropractic (DC)
Medicare also covers services you get from other health care providers, like:
- Clinical nurse specialists
- Clinical psychologists
- Clinical social workers
- Nurse practitioners
- Occupational therapists
- Physician assistants
- Physical therapists
- Speech-language pathologists