Does Medicare Cover X-Rays?

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This article was updated on: 10/06/2018

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It could be anything from viewing a broken bone to screening for pneumonia or certain types of cancer. There are many reasons your doctor might order an x-ray, according to the National Institutes of Health. Here are just a few other examples of what doctors might be able to see from x-rays:

  • Heart failure
  • Tuberculosis
  • Pneumonia
  • Fibrosis (scarring of lung tissue)
  • Progress or problems after certain treatments or surgeries

What is an x-ray?

According to the National Library of Medicine, an x-ray is a type of radiation called electromagnetic waves. The bones and tissues in your body absorb different amounts of radiation, and appear as shades of black, white and gray in the resulting image.

How does Medicare cover x-rays?

If your doctor orders medically necessary x-rays, and your doctor accepts Medicare assignment, then Medicare Part B may cover them.

How much will I pay for Medicare-covered x-rays?

Even if Medicare Part B covers your x-rays, you’re generally responsible for a 20% coinsurance amount. For example, if the Medicare-approved total amount for your x-rays is $100, you’ll typically pay $20 if you’ve already paid your Part B deductible.

Do Medicare Supplement plans help cover x-rays?

If you buy a Medicare Supplement plan, it might cover some of Medicare’s out-of-pocket costs, such as copayments, coinsurance, and deductibles. Learn more about Medicare Supplement plans.

If you’d like to find out more about coverage of x-rays under various types of Medicare plan options, I can answer your questions.

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