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Will Medicare Cover Dermatology Services?

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Dermatology is the medical specialty involving skin – including diseases and functions of the skin, according to Merriam-Webster Dictionary. Medicare generally doesn’t cover dermatology, but it may cover certain dermatology services in some situations.

Does Medicare cover dermatology? What about my other insurance?

In general, Original Medicare only covers medically necessary services. Original Medicare refers to Medicare Part A (hospital insurance) and Part B (medical insurance).

Medicare Part B might cover some dermatology services, such as medically necessary care of wounds or burns. If you’re a hospital inpatient and dermatology services are medically necessary as part of your treatment, Medicare Part A might cover these services.

If you have health insurance other than Medicare, call your plan and ask if your insurance covers dermatology.

Do Medicare Advantage plans cover dermatology?

If you have a Medicare Advantage plan, your dermatology benefits will be at least the same as with Original Medicare. Medicare Advantage plans cover the same benefits as Original Medicare, Part A and Part B. The only exception is hospice benefits, which Part A covers even if you have a Medicare Advantage plan. Some Medicare Advantage plans include extra benefits, like prescription drug coverage or routine vision care. If you have any questions about what your plan covers, contact the plan.

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