How hard is it getting non-emergency ambulance transport to doctor office from Medicare? - AgingCare.com

How hard is it getting non-emergency ambulance transport to doctor office from Medicare?

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My wife is 77 and bed ridden due to health problems for over 18 months. Because of back problems as well as her health issues she is not able to get into wheelchair. TO get to Doctors we have to use a non ambulance transport and it is very expense. a 5 mile round trip (1 hour visit) is $325. We need to see specialists that are 50 mile round trip and that makes the cost $600+. I know that MEDICARE will pay for non ambulance transportation but not sure how hard it is to get ok for. ANyone know? I don't think we can get MEDICAID because we still have money in our IRA retirement.

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swb, here is information regarding non-ambulance per Medicare. Scroll down the page to the "non-ambulance" section. https://www.medicare.gov/coverage/ambulance-services.html
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Do some research of local companies that do provide medical transport. Sometimes they're called ambulettes. The charges are still expensive, they do have accommodations for people with restrictions, but I don't know for sure whether or not they would have the necessary level of support that would address your wife's conditions.

Also research paratransit services in your area.

The local Area Agency on Aging might also be able to provide some referrals.

I would also ask the staff of the specialists you're seeing, or ask if there's a social worker with the hospital with which they're affiliated. They might have some suggestions.

Medical, nonambulance transit in this area can be about $40/hour, expensive, but not as much as you've been paying.

Good luck; I hope you find some resources.
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I understand that since January 1st that Medicare will not pay for non- medical transport but provider may be able to verify
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