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What services does Medicare cover?
Medicare Part A and Part B cover certain medical services and supplies in hospitals, doctors’ offices, and other health care settings. Prescription drug coverage is provided through Medicare Part D.
Solving the Mysteries of Medicare
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Original Medicare

There are 2 different ways to get your Medicare coverage. Original Medicare and Medicare Advantage. 

Original Medicare
• Original Medicare includes Medicare Part A (Hospital Insurance) and Part B (Medical Insurance).

• If you want drug coverage, you can join a separate Part D plan.

• To help pay your out-of-pocket costs in Original Medicare (like your deductible and 20% coinsurance), you can also shop for and buy supplemental coverage.

Doctor and hospital choice

  • You can go to any doctor that accepts Medicare.
  • In most cases you don’t need a referral to see a specialist.


  • For Part B-covered services, you usually pay 20% of the Medicare approved amount after you meet your deductible.
  • You pay a premium (monthly payment) for Part B. If you choose to buy prescription drug coverage, you’ll pay that premium separately.
  • There’s no yearly limit on what you pay out-of-pocket.
  • You can buy supplemental coverage to help pay your out-of-pocket costs
    (like your deductible and 20% coinsurance).


  • Original Medicare covers medical services and supplies in hospitals,
    doctors’ offices, and other health care settings.
  • You can join a separate Medicare Prescription Drug Plan to get drug coverage.
  • In most cases, you don’t have to get a service or supply approved ahead of time for it to be covered.


  • Original Medicare generally doesn’t cover care outside the U.S. You may be able to buy supplemental coverage that covers care outside the U.S.
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