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How much does Medicare Part A pay for hospital costs?

En español | For the first 60 days of each benefit period, Medicare Part A pays the full cost when you are an inpatient, which means you are admitted to the hospital (and are not there for observation care). From the 61st to the 90th day of inpatient hospitalization in the benefit period, you pay $352 per day (in 2020). And then after day 90, you pay $704 a day for each benefit period in 2020 (with a lifetime limit of 60 days, also known as “reserve days”).

In other words, you pay:

  • nothing for the first 60 days of inpatient care each benefit period, after you meet that benefit period’s deductible
  • $358 per day for days 61-90 for each benefit period (in 2020) 
  • $704 per lifetime reserve day after day 90 in a benefit period (in 2020)

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