Your Medicare Coverage
Is my test, item, or service covered?
How often is it covered?
Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) covers podiatrist services for medically necessary treatment of foot injuries or diseases (like hammer toes, bunion deformities, and heel spurs). Part B generally doesn't cover routine foot care, like these:
- Cutting or removal of corns and calluses
- Trimming, cutting, and clipping of nails
- Hygienic or other preventive maintenance, including cleaning and soaking the feet
All people with Part B are covered.
Your costs in Original Medicare
- In most cases, you pay 100% for routine foot care.
- You pay 20% of the Medicare-approved amount for medically necessary treatment provided by a doctor.
- The Part B deductible applies.
- In a hospital outpatient setting, you also pay a copayment for medically necessary treatment.
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
- 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.