Part A covers medically necessary inpatient hospital care, which is care that you receive as a formally admitted hospital inpatient. You must be formally admitted into the hospital by a physician in order for your care to be considered inpatient hospital care. You may face different costs if you are a hospital outpatient.
If you are a hospital inpatient, Part A covers:
- A semi-private hospital room and meals
- General nursing care
- Medically necessary medications
- Other hospital services and supplies
Medicare does not cover:
- Private duty nursing
- A private room (unless medically necessary or if it is the only room available)
- Personal care items (such as razors or socks)
- A television or telephone in your room
After meeting your Part A deductible, Original Medicare pays in full for the first 60 days of your benefit period. After day 60, you will pay a daily hospital coinsurance (see What is the Cost of Part A?). Part B continues to cover any outpatient provider services you receive while in the hospital. You usually owe a separate 20% coinsurance for these services.
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