Medicare typically does cover pacemakers (and the surgery to insert them), as long as the pacemaker is considered medically necessary by a doctor.
Medicare Advantage (Medicare Part C) plans may also cover pacemakers if they are deemed medically necessary, and they also include an annual out-of-pocket spending limit. This can potentially save you money in Medicare costs for your pacemaker implant.
Original Medicare does not include an out-of-pocket spending cap.
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On average, a pacemaker will cost $2,800 with Medicare.
Some of the costs of getting a pacemaker (or implantable automatic defibrillator) may be covered by Part A or Part B.
Medicare Part A covers inpatient hospital care. Medicare Part B covers doctor’s services, including preventive care and lab work.
If your pacemaker implant surgery takes place in a hospital, the costs for your hospital stay may be covered by Medicare Part A.
The pacemaker itself and any doctor’s services related to your surgery may be covered by Medicare Part B. Part B will also cover some of the costs if your surgery takes place in an outpatient setting.
Some of the Part A out-of-pocket costs you may face include:
Your Part A deductible must be paid before Medicare Part A will begin paying its share of covered services.
Some of the Part B out-of-pocket costs you may face when getting a pacemaker include:
Medicare Advantage plans are sold by private insurance companies as an alternative to Medicare Part A and Part B (Original Medicare).
All Medicare Part C plans must provide at least the same benefits as Part A and Part B and may offer benefits not covered by Original Medicare.
If your pacemaker implant costs would be covered by Original Medicare, they will also be covered by a Medicare Advantage plan.
It’s important to remember that Medicare Advantage plans include an annual out-of-pocket spending limit, which Original Medicare does not offer.
A licensed insurance agent can help you find Medicare Advantage plans in your area that may cover pacemakers.
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