Things Medicare Doesn’t Cover #8 – Massage Therapy

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Medicare is a government health insurance program for individuals aged 65 and older and certain individuals with disabilities.

To make the most informed healthcare decisions, it’s essential to recognize the limitations and gaps in Medicare’s coverage and avoid unexpected expenses. Familiarizing yourself with what Medicare does not cover enables you to explore alternative options and ensure comprehensive healthcare access.

Massage Therapy

Medicare generally does not cover massage therapy for relaxation or general well-being, as it focuses on medically necessary treatments.

Massage therapy aimed at relaxation or wellness is not covered by Original Medicare (Part A and Part B), and beneficiaries are responsible for the full cost.

Medically necessary massage therapy may be covered by certain Medicare Advantage plans (Part C) or private insurance plans when prescribed by a healthcare professional.

Review the benefits of each Medicare Advantage plan to determine if they include coverage for medically necessary massages.

Private insurance plans may also offer coverage for medically necessary massage therapy, providing additional options for recommended treatments.

Consult healthcare professionals and insurance providers to understand specific coverage criteria, including medical necessity documentation and any limitations.

While Medicare typically doesn’t cover massage therapy for relaxation, exploring coverage options for medically necessary massages can help manage costs and ensure needed care.

What Else Doesn’t Medicare Cover?

There are ten things that Medicare doesn’t cover:

  1. Vision Care
  2. Hearing Services
  3. Dental Work
  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.

Grasping what Medicare does not cover is vital for individuals seeking comprehensive healthcare coverage. By acquainting themselves with Medicare’s limitations and gaps, individuals can make informed decisions and plan proactively, sidestepping 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 develop a comprehensive healthcare plan that meets their specific needs and ensures 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.

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