Emergency department services

Emergency department services

 usually covers emergency department services when you have an injury, a sudden illness, or an illness that quickly gets much worse.

How often is it covered?
Your costs in Original Medicare
  • You pay a for each emergency department visit and a copayment for each hospital service.
  • You also pay 20% of the for your doctor's services, and the Part B applies.
  • If you're admitted to the same hospital for a related condition within 3 days of your emergency department visit, you don't pay the copayment because your visit is considered to be part of your inpatient stay.  


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
  • Whether your doctor accepts assignment
  • The type of facility
  • Where you get your test, item, or service
Things to know

Medicare covers emergency services in foreign countries only in rare circumstances.

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