6 Health Services Medicare Doesn't Cover

For most Americans, reaching the age where Medicare covers the majority of their healthcare requirements is a blessing. According to Kiplinger, Medicare Part A and Part B, often known as original or traditional Medicare

Routine eye exams, glasses or contact lenses.

Medicare covers cataract surgery, but not routine eye examinations or glasses, claims AARP. Some Medicare Advantage plans cover vision, or you can buy a separate supplemental

Most dental care.

Medicare does not provide coverage for routine dental visits, teeth cleanings, fillings, dentures, and most tooth extractions.

Prescription drugs.

While Medicare doesn’t cover outpatient prescription drugs, you can purchase a separate Part D policy that does cover.

Hearing aids.

Check your Medicare Advantage plan to see if you are covered or consider buying insurance or a membership in a discount plan that helps cover the cost of hearing devices.

Chiropractic care.

Medicare Part B does pay for manual spinal manipulation to correct partial dislocation of a spinal vertebrae from its normal position.

Long-term care.

The average cost of a private room in a nursing home facility was roughly $9,034 monthly according to a Genworth Cost of Care survey in 2020 and in an assisted living facility, the monthly cost of a room was $4,500

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