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Posted on 12-29-2016

For those individuals who have Medicare as their insurance, they might wonder if chiropractic care can help them and what, if any, chiropractic services their insurance covers. There actually is limited coverage for chiropractic services for patients with Medicare.

According to the 2017 Medicare & You handbook, "Medicare covers manipulation of the spine if medically necessary to correct a subluxation (when one or more of the bones of your spine move out of position) when provided by a chiropractor or other qualified provider." As with most other medical treatments, the patient pays 20% of the Medicare-approved amount after their annual deductible is met.

If you are having issues with your spine and want to try chiropractic care, speak with your primary care physician to see if they can refer you to a chiropractor for a spinal manipulation treatment. Since Medicare does not cover the cost of any X-rays ordered by a chiropractor, your primary care physician would have to order any necessary X-rays as well.

Generally speaking, those with Medicare insurance are fairly budget-conscious. We understand you might be hesitant to reach out for healthcare needs. However, we are willing to work with you to come up with a cost-effective treatment plan for you. There is no reason for those on a budget to suffer in silence. With the steady increase in healthcare costs, many individuals find chiropractic care a reasonably priced alternative as compared to traditional medical treatments, which are often invasive.

For more information about Medicare and allowable chiropractic services, please contact us.

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