Does Medicare cover medical equipment and preventive services?

In general, yes. Medical equipment and preventive services are covered by Medicare Part B (you may know Medicare Part B by its other name, the Medical Insurance program). This Part covers medical equipment including the walkers, oxygen, wheelchairs and other medical equipment your doctor prescribes. Part B also takes care of medical services that diagnose and subsequently treat your medical conditions. These services must be medically necessary according to Medicare’s definition. Part B preventive services address health care that helps you stay well. These services may include flu shots or screening for various cancers.

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