Does Medicare Covers Payments for an MRI?


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As of 2015, Medicare covers payments for magnetic resonance imaging scans when treating physicians or other health care professionals order them in the course of treating medical problems, according to Medicare. MRIs are also covered as medically necessary laboratory tests to diagnose or eliminate suspicion about a condition or sickness.

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Medicare also covers MRIs when they are performed as a preventive screening or to locate or control a medical problem, and every patient with Part B coverage is eligible, according to Medicare. The part B deductible applies, and patients pay 20 percent of the amount Medicare approves for covered diagnostic nonlaboratory tests and X-rays when performed in a physician's office or independent laboratory. Patients pay a copayment for diagnostic testing on a hospital outpatient basis, but they typically do not pay anything for clinical diagnostic laboratory tests that Medicare covers.

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