Medicare Coverage of Cosmetic Surgery


What It Is

Cosmetic surgery

What's Covered

Neither Medicare Part A, Medicare Part B, nor a Medicare Part C Medicare Advantage plan (also called a Medicare Advantage plan) covers cosmetic surgery.

Note: In certain circumstances, Medicare covers reconstructive surgery.

What Medicare Pays:

Neither Medicare Part A, Medicare Part B, nor a Medicare Part C Medicare Advantage plan pays anything toward the cost of cosmetic surgery.

Important: Regardless of the rules regarding any particular type of care, in order for Medicare Part A, Medicare Part B, or a Medicare Part C plan to provide coverage, the care must meet two basic requirements:

  • The care must be "medically necessary." This means that it must be ordered or prescribed by a licensed physician or other authorized medical provider, and that Medicare (or a Medicare Part C plan) agrees that the care is necessary and proper. For help getting your care covered, see FAQ: How Can I Increase the Odds That Medicare Will Cover My Medical Service?

  • The care must be performed or delivered by a healthcare provider who participates in Medicare.

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