During a pandemic, it can be nerve-wracking to experience any changes in your health. If you start to feel ill for any reason, call your doctor. Medicare has expanded its telehealth services so you won’t have to risk going into a doctor’s office for a visit. Your physician will be able to evaluate your symptoms and decide if you need to be seen in person or if you can manage your symptoms at home. Your doctor will also send you for a COVID-19 test if necessary. The test may confirm a diagnosis, or rule it out.
What symptoms are related to coronavirus?
The symptoms of COVID-19 vary, but the most common ones include a dry cough, fever, and shortness of breath. Many patients have reported a loss of smell or taste, a sore throat, fatigue, headache, and congestion, as well. If your doctor determines that you should be tested for COVID-19, you will be sent to a local testing center.
Testing centers have greatly expanded since the pandemic began, and you shouldn’t have to go too far to get to one. Your doctor will order the test, and you’ll find the actual process will be quick and easy. You should get results within a day or two. While you wait for the results, you should consider quarantining until you know you won’t be infecting others.
Medicare Covers COVID-19 Test
Medicare Part B (medical insurance) will cover the cost of your coronavirus test. You’ll pay nothing when you get the test from a lab, pharmacy, doctor, or hospital. Medicare Advantage Plans will not charge copayments, deductibles, or coinsurance for clinical lab tests to detect or diagnose COVID-19.