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Ambulance Services

Medicare covers ground ambulance transportation when you need to be transported to a hospital, critical access hospital , or skilled nursing facility for medically necessary services, and transportation in any other vehicle could endanger your health.

Medicare may pay for emergency ambulance transportation in an airplane or helicopter to a hospital if you need immediate and rapid ambulance transportation that ground transportation can’t provide.

In some cases, Medicare may pay for limited, medically necessary, non-emergency ambulance transportation if you have a written order from your doctor stating that ambulance transportation is medically necessary. An example may be a medically necessary ambulance transport to a renal dialysis facility for an End - St age Renal Disease (ESRD) patient.

Medicare will only cover ambulance services to the nearest appropriate medical facility that’s able to give you the care you need.

You pay 20% of the Medicare - approved amount , and the Part B deductible applies.


Source:  Medicare & You 2017

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