Does Medicare pay for Chiropractic Exams?

Last Updated : 09/10/20182 min read

Original Medicare offers limited coverage for chiropractic services, such as chiropractic exams. You may need to pay the full cost of any X-rays, lab tests, or other services ordered by a chiropractor.

Does Medicare pay for chiropractic exams

Medicare covers manipulation of the spine if medically necessary to correct a subluxation (when one or more of the bones of the spine move out of position) when provided by a chiropractor or other qualified provider.

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A common technique used to reduce symptoms or correct the condition is manipulating or adjusting the spine. This treatment might be covered under Medicare Part B if it’s medically necessary and delivered by a Medicare-assigned provider. You usually pay 20 percent of the amount approved by Original Medicare, and the Medicare Part B deductible applies.

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Does Medicare Advantage pay for chiropractic exams

Although Medicare coverage of chiropractic services is limited, some Medicare Advantage plans cover benefits beyond Original Medicare. You may be able to find a plan that covers additional chiropractic services, although this will depend on availability in your location.

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