Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) covers a routine EKG or ECG screening if you get a referral from your doctor or other health care provider during your one-time "Welcome to Medicare" preventive visit. Part B also covers EKGs or ECGs as diagnostic tests. Medicare covers these screenings once when you get a referral as part of your “Welcome to Medicare” visit, and more often as a diagnostic test if medically necessary .
- After you meet the Part B deductible , you pay 20% of the Medicare-Approved Amount .
- 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 test, item, or service will cost, talk to your doctor or 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
- If your doctor accepts assignment
- The type of facility
- 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. Ask questions so you understand why your doctor is recommending certain services and if, or how much, Medicare will pay for them.