Foot care (for diabetes)

Medicare covers yearly foot exams if you have diabetes‑related lower leg nerve damage that can increase the risk of limb loss. Exams are covered once a year, as long as you haven't seen a footcare professional for another reason between visits. 

Your costs in Original Medicare
  • You pay 20% of the Medicare-Approved Amount for your doctor's services, and the Part B deductible [glossary] applies. 
  • In a hospital outpatient setting , you pay a copayment .

note:

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

note:

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.

What it is

Exams may include treatment for foot ulcers and calluses, and toenail management, based on exam results.

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