Medicare Part B covers the cost of wheelchairs, as of 2015, according to Medicare.gov. Medicare classifies wheelchairs and power-operated scooters as durable medical equipment, and Medicare covers the cost of wheelchairs for all eligible Medicare recipients. The wheelchair’s cost is subject to the standard 20 percent co-pay, however.
Medicare requires a doctor’s prescription for all durable medical equipment, including wheelchairs, reports Medicare.gov. In some cases, the recipient rents the wheelchair instead of purchasing it outright. Recipients must obtain durable medical equipment from a supplier enrolled in Medicare. The doctor prescribing the wheelchair or other equipment must also be a Medicare-approved provider.