Things Medicare Doesn’t Cover #4 – Overseas Care

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As a government health insurance program, Medicare provides essential coverage for individuals aged 65 and older and certain individuals with disabilities. However, it’s vital to be informed about the limitations and gaps in Medicare’s coverage to avoid unexpected expenses.

Familiarizing yourself with the services and treatments not covered by Medicare allows you to proactively explore alternative options and ensure comprehensive healthcare access when you reach 65 or qualify for Medicare due to disabilities.

Overseas Care

Medicare’s coverage for healthcare services outside the United States is limited, except for emergencies near the U.S. border or on certain cruise ships. Routine healthcare services obtained overseas are generally not covered by Original Medicare.

Frequent travelers should explore additional coverage options such as travel insurance. Travel insurance plans provide medical coverage during international trips, including unexpected expenses and emergency medical evacuations.

Supplemental insurance specifically designed for healthcare services abroad, known as international health insurance or expatriate insurance, is another option. These policies offer comprehensive coverage for medical expenses, including routine check-ups, emergency care, hospitalizations, and medications.

Investing in travel insurance or international health insurance helps mitigate the financial risks associated with healthcare expenses while traveling. Research and compare different insurance options to find the most suitable plan for individual travel needs and adequate coverage.

My Recent Trip to Europe

Before I left the United States for my recent adventure to Europe, I purchased a policy from Nationwide through the tour company to cover me in the event of an emergency while I was outside of our country. It offered a variety of coverages that gave me peace of mind, including a $50,000 maximum benefit for emergency evacuation.

(I’m not affiliated with them in any way, I just wanted to share what I found as a solution for my trip with you.)

What Else Doesn’t Medicare Cover?

There are ten things that Medicare doesn’t cover:

  1. Vision Care
  2. Hearing Services
  3. Dental Care
  4. Overseas Care
  5. Podiatry Services
  6. Cosmetic Surgery
  7. Acupuncture
  8. Massage Therapy
  9. Nursing Home Care
  10. Concierge Care

Can I Answer Any Questions for You?

If you have any questions, I’m always happy to help you figure out what coverage you have and what additional coverage you may need.

Understanding Medicare’s coverage gaps is crucial for individuals seeking comprehensive healthcare coverage. By becoming familiar with the limitations and gaps in Medicare coverage, individuals can make informed decisions and plan effectively to avoid unexpected expenses.

Being well-informed about Medicare’s coverage gaps empowers individuals to take control of their healthcare decisions. Exploring supplemental coverage options enables individuals to create a comprehensive healthcare plan tailored to their needs, ensuring financial security.

It is my life’s mission to help fellow seniors understand Medicare and make sure you have the coverage that best meets your needs.

Contact me today, I’m here for you!

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2 thoughts on “Things Medicare Doesn’t Cover #4 – Overseas Care

  1. Thanks for this information, Leigh! I see here that Nursing Home Care is not covered. If I should need it, God forbid, what avenues would I take?

    1. Hi Edna,
      Unfortunately, Medicare does not cover long-term care. That can be covered by a separate insurance policy that you have to be purchase. Depending on your age, that type of coverage can be quite expensive. If you have any additional questions, feel free to give me a call. Thanks!

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