Your Medicare Coverage
Is my test, item, or service covered?
EKG (electrocardiogram) screening
How often is it covered?
Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) covers a one-time screening EKG if you get a referral from your doctor or other health care provider as a result of your one-time "Welcome to Medicare" preventive visit. An EKG is also covered as a diagnostic test.
All people with Part B are covered.
Your costs in Original Medicare
- You pay 20% of the Medicare-approved amount, and the Part B deductible applies.
- If you have the test at a hospital or a hospital-owned clinic, you also pay the hospital a copayment.
To find out how much your specific test, item, or service will cost, talk to your doctor or other health care provider. The specific amount you’ll owe may depend on several things, like other insurance you may have, how much your doctor charges, whether your doctor accepts assignment, the type of facility, and the location where you get your test, item, or service.
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. It’s important to ask questions so you understand why your doctor is recommending certain services and whether Medicare will pay for them.