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That’s very helpful, thanks
Medicare usually does not cover medical care you receive when traveling outside the U.S. and its territories. However, Original Medicare and Medicare Advantage Plans must cover care you receive outside the U.S. in certain circumstances:
Medicare will pay for emergency services in Canada if you are traveling a direct route, without unreasonable delay, between Alaska and another state, and the closest hospital that can treat you is in Canada.
Medicare will pay for medical care you get on a cruise ship if you get the care while the ship is in U.S. territorial waters. This means the ship is in a U.S. port or within six hours of arrival at or departure from a U.S. port.
In limited situations, Medicare may pay for non-emergency inpatient services in a foreign hospital (and any connected provider and ambulance costs). Your care is covered if the hospital is closer to your residence than the nearest available U.S. hospital. This may happen if, for example, you live near the border of Mexico or Canada.
The net amount of social security benefits that you receive from the Social Security Administration is reported in Box 5 of Form SSA-1099, Social Security Benefit Statement, and you report that amount on line 5a of Form 1040, U.S. Individual Income Tax Return.
Probably won’t make much of a difference
I think Riteaid is closing stores, but they are not completely going away. I can totally relate though!
It’s not a crazy idea. And to address bwayne’s concern that wait lists would be long – just from doing very quick research, it seems it really depends on the type of system and where it is.
Commonwealth Fund’s most recent survey clearly proves that other universal health-care systems (such as the Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany, Australia and France) have much shorter wait times for health care than Canada. They also do universal health care differently.
For example, they tend to embrace the private sector as a partner within their universal health-care systems, or allow it to operate as an alternative (like a pressure valve). They also generally require patients to share in the cost of treatment (to varying extents). This helps temper demand by reminding individuals that health-care resources are scarce and must be used responsibly. Of course, most countries that require such payments also incorporate various policies to ensure that vulnerable populations never face financial burden when seeking health care.
Another major difference involves the way hospitals are paid, with most other successful universal health-care systems using some form of “activity-based funding” that encourages productivity. This is in contrast to the prospective global budgeting system common in Canada, which helps control costs to an extent, but actually dis-incentivizes hospitals to treat patients who are seen as “costs.”
I’m for Medicare for All. I think everyone should have access to healthcare no matter their financial status.October 2, 2018 at 8:32 AM in reply to: Vitamin C and control over your blood sugar levels? #9183
Vitamin C may make up for low blood levels of insulin, which normally works to help cells absorb the vitamin. Proper amounts of vitamin C may help the body maintain a good cholesterol level and keep blood sugar levels under control, but too much can cause kidney stones and other problems.
Yes, this is true. I used to suffer from depression and anxiety and exercising has helped keep that in check. It feels so good that I don’t want to stop!
Our only hope is to vote out the current people in office. I believe Medicare reform will happen soon.
I’ve noticed a big difference in my mental and physical health since I started exercising.
Medicare Advantage plans generally cannot generally raise your Medicare based on your health status, meaning that if you get sick, your plan cannot raise your monthly premiums.June 13, 2018 at 10:29 AM in reply to: Have you ever asked your pharmacist for the cash price? #7369
Yes, I normally pay $95 for a 3 month supply of my usual generic prescription, and one time I asked how much the cash price is. They said $65 for a 3 month supply. I wondered why the pharmacy didn’t tell me it would be cheaper without insurance before. I guess they have deals with the insurance companies. Anyway, I would ask just in case. Every little bit you can save helps.
I’m rooting for Amazon. They’ve proven successful in so many different things, and I think this will be another one.