Medicare Coverage of Ambulance Services
If you need transportation for a medical emergency or special condition, Medicare Part B covers it in many cases.
- Medicare Part B covers ground ambulance transportation when you need to be taken to a hospital or skilled nursing facility for medically necessary services, and when transportation in any other vehicle could endanger your health.
- Medicare may pay for ambulance transportation in an airplane or helicopter to a hospital if you need emergency transit that ground transportation can't provide.
- Medicare may pay for limited non-emergency ambulance transportation if you have orders from your doctor saying that it's medically necessary.
Medicare will only cover services to the nearest appropriate medical facility that is able to give you the care you need.