What Does Medicare Not Cover?
Some of the Health care services not covered by Medicare include, but are not limited to:
Alternative Medicine: including experimental procedures and treatments, acupuncture, and chiropractic services (other than manual subluxation of the spine)
Care received outside of the United States
Cosmetic Surgery: (unless it is needed to improve the function of a malformed part of the body)
Hearing Aids: or the examinations for prescribing or fitting hearing aids (except for implants to treat severe hearing loss in some cases)
Long Term Care: Generally, Medicare does not cover Long Term Care, including personal care, such as help with bathing, toileting and dressing (unless homebound and receiving skilled care for a very limited amount of time) and nursing home care (except in a skilled nursing facility if eligible for a very limited amount of time)
Non-Medical Services: including hospital television and telephone, a private hospital room, cancelled or missed appointments, and copies of x-rays Most Non-Emergency Transportation: including ambulette services
Preventive Care: including most routine physical examinations (except when first joining Medicare) and tests, and routine foot care and eye care. Due to Healthcare Reform, All Medicare Beneficiaries with Medicare Part B coverage, are entitled to an “Annual” Wellcare Check.
Transportation: (except for medically necessary ambulance services)
Vision Care: including eyeglasses (except when following cataract surgery) and examinations for prescribing or fitting eyeglasses.
Keep in mind that even for Medicare-covered services, Medicare does not pay 100 percent of the cost. Unless you have supplemental insurance, you will have to pay deductibles and coinsurance.