Health insurance these days are getting popular. It is so popular that almost all companies, government institutions, local or national level require their members to have one. In the United States of America, the official and recognized health insurance program is Medicare.
So what exactly does Medicare offer to its members? How does it function, its uses. Is it necessary to have one? Who is it for? But more so specifically, what does Medicare cover? And what it does not cover.
Before anything else, there is a health insurance that is similar to Medicare, and it is called Medicaid. Let us try to see the difference between the two, so as not to be confused and to even help us to understand more about Medicare.
Both Medicare and Medicaid are government supported programs design to assist citizens in as far as health is concerned. When people are confused one with another, it is because of the similarity that these two have. Both programs were established by the US government in 1965. And both programs were funded taxpayers. However, the main difference is that, Medicare focuses on financially assisting the elderly, while Medicaid focuses on the healthcare of the poor. This is a simplistic comparison. And there is more to that. But that basically is how you can distinguish one from the other at a glance.
More on what Medicare is all about
Medicare is for all US citizens aged 65 and above, and is also available for those US citizens with disabilities. It is available for the said citizens regardless of their income. This makes it more specialized than Medicaid, because with Medicaid, anyone aged below 65 years of age can avail its products.
Medicare is connected or linked to Social Security such that payment transactions make it less of a hassle. How it works is that when you have income coming from Social Security, it will be deducted to go or be transferred to your Medicare.
There are many services available in a healthcare insurance. Medicare makes 4 divisions or parts of these coverage. We try to understand all four, but let us just focus on the first two, Part A and part B.
Let us take Part A and Part B apart and make a thorough comparison between the two. We give emphasis on these first two programs of Medicare because they are considered as the original Medicare. The other two was an offshoot and a recent development. To sum, Parts A and Parts B are the basic ones.
Part A. Hospital Insurance. Part A is a health insurance by the federal government offered to any US citizens, as well as, legal immigrants what as stayed the states for at least five years, straight. If you are 65 years of age and older, you can be eligible. Or if you have certain disabilities, you may be eligible even under the age of 65. Such disabilities like an end stage renal disease, that may qualify you for application even if you are less that 65. Another disability is a Lou Gehrig disease. The combination of the two, Part A and part B makes it, the original, Medicare original. Medicare Part A was designed for inpatient hospital care, while Medicare Part B was designed to offer assistance for outpatient medical services.
What does Medicare Part A cover?
Understanding a healthcare insurance requires research. It is not something that has been discussed when you were still in secondary school. It is not something that a family will talk about. And friends rarely discuss it. It is not like an escapade or vacation topic, it is not about food, it is not about the recent gadget. Nobody talks about it, until it is needed, that is when you are inside the hospital. But you can always seek help from a Medicare representative and he can discuss to you its coverage.
The fact that Medicare is only for the elderly or seniors and for anyone with disabilities, it is understandable that it is rarely mentioned and talked about.
Hence, the real big issue is how to get help, and how one can be helped, when availing a Medicare health insurance. Here are some pointers to get familiar with Medicare:
Medicare decisions and options can be confusing and misleading at times. You may end up having arguments with hospital staff, or Medicare representatives. But behind the issue, it was just plain misunderstanding. It is recommended that as users of the program, we should read the manual, know every right as a citizen, read carefully the terms and conditions provided by the program.
Another way to get help in Medicare is to hire or invite experts in health care insurance. These experts have proper understanding and have a good foundation in explaining to you the advantages as well as the advantages of a health care program in general, and not just Medicare. They may require a professional fee, as opposed to just directly calling a Medicare representative. But the good thing is, you can make a dialogue with him face to face. You can show to him the current situation of your family, who needs what, or who needs who, healthproduct-wise.
Bear in mind that Medicare is designed for seniors, that is, people with 65 years of age and above. Although young citizens may avail only if they have disabilities. That itself distinguishes Medicare from other health care programs.
Somehow, these are the basic information a citizen must understand what Medicare is all about. Now you know what a Medicare is all about. Going to Medicare Coverage Analysis, the topic gets even more serious and scientific.
If you want to join in a clinical medical research studies, of which the purpose is to diagnose or treat illnesses, a Medicare may may cover it for you, or at least for some of your costs. These may include diagnostic test, surgical operation or treatments, new approach to caring a patient, and an experiment of new type of medicine. The following intentions are as follows:
In this case your main intention here is not about financial health assistance, but for the advancement of health research, scientific medical studies. This is very different from the common understanding of a healthcare in which one avail of the health care products.
So now you have two option, to avail of the usual, standard original Medicare services or to join in a clinical research studies. The question is: Should you join in a clinical research studies? Let us weigh the cons and pros.
Who will pay for the expenses?
The Medicare will not pay for everything. But it will pay for the following: the basic items and services covered in research studies such as:
Medicare will not pay for the following:
Please check with your employer plan if they have to pay same portions of the clinical research. In some cases, they will do their part in the expenses. So there will be three factors principals here, the Medicare, the employer plan (third party), and yourself. You have to make arrangement how the three can converge in the expenses for the clinical research.
There are many things, angles to look into when assessing or analyzing medicare coverage. The basic or the original Medicare for example surrounds us with plenty of questions and concerns. We have plenty of concerns but they actually are answerable if you just ask your Medicare representatives or any health care experts that you know of. They will clarify them for you.
To sum it up, Medicare Coverage Analysis is the assessment whether a particular service, product should be covered by Medicare. It takes an expert to do this. But you can always ask a Medicare representative on the phone. There is also a manual in the form of a book if you prefer something through reading. The case goes complicated in a clinical study set up. The best thing to do is call a health care expert. They have studied all the scenario for a Medicare coverage, and so they are the expert in analyzing such task.