Is ambulance transportation covered on Medicare plans?


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Transportation by ground ambulance is covered by Medicare Part B for when subscribers need to be taken to a skilled nursing facility or hospital, notes Medicare.gov. However, coverage depends on the severity of the medical condition and whether or not the subscriber could have been transported safely in some other more cost-effective way.

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Is ambulance transportation covered on Medicare plans?
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Medicare may also pay for emergency air ambulance services if the subscriber has a health condition required immediate treatment, notes Medicare.gov. Non-emergency ambulance transportation is covered by Medicare if a doctor orders the transportation via ambulance due to the patient's medical condition and if the use of other types of transportation might endanger the health of the subscriber.

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