Does Medicare Cover the Cost of Chiropractic Care?


Quick Answer

As of 2014, Medicare Part B only partially covers a medically required manipulation of the spine to resolve a vertebral subluxation performed by a chiropractor or other qualified medical professional. Medicare does not cover chiropractic care for conditions other than a vertebral subluxation.

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Medicare only covers 80 percent of the approved amount of subluxation care, and the deductible applies. Medicare does not cover associated costs of tests or other services ordered by a chiropractor, such as X-rays or massage therapy. Individuals who have Medicare are eligible for partial coverage of spinal manipulation to correct a subluxation. Factors such as other insurance policies, the location where the service is being delivered, the type of facility and how much a doctor charges may affect ultimately how much is owed.

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