Saturday, April 2, 2011

Medicare Part B

On Facebook, Medicare Answers From Connie asked:   OOPS! Knife juggling ~ maybe not the best hobby! You’re gonna need a blood transfusion. WHAT PART PAYS?

Medicare Part A - 1 person picked this one
Medicare Part B - 0 people picked this one
Part of My Checking Account - 5 people picked this one

ANSWER: Medicare Part B is the PART that pays! (and "Part of My Checking Account" is not really an incorrect answer!) In most cases, the provider gets blood from a blood bank at no charge, and you won’t have to pay for it or replace it. However, you will pay a copayment for the blood processing and handling services for every unit of blood you get, and the Part B deductible ($162 ) applies. If the provider has to buy blood for you, you must either pay the provider costs for the first 3 units of blood you get in a calendar year or have the blood donated by you or someone else.
You pay a copayment for additional units of blood you get as an outpatient (after the first 3), and the Part B deductible applies.
A Medicare Supplement would pick up the costs Part B didn't pay. Thanks for participating!