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En español | Medicare Part B covers a very wide range of medical care — from routine services like flu shots and X-rays to big-ticket items such as organ transplants, delicate surgery to repair serious injuries, expensive cancer treatments and many others. It also covers a variety of preventive measures (such as tests and screenings), often at no cost to you. But there are still some services that Part B does not pay for.
If you’re enrolled in the original Medicare program, these gaps in coverage include:
Note: Medicare Advantage plans, such as HMOs or PPOs, must cover all the same Part B services that the original Medicare program does. But they may also offer extra benefits that cover some of the gaps listed above. Some plans, for example, provide coverage for routine hearing, vision and/or dental care, fitness programs and gym memberships, and emergency care abroad. Check with your plan.
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