Does Medicare Cover Vasectomies

Coverage for vasectomies is not typically included in your Medicare benefits. The procedure isn’t medically necessary – in most cases. A vasectomy is what the medical field refers to as an elective procedure. Neither Parts A nor B pays for elective surgeries or procedures.

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Do Medicare Advantage Plans Cover Vasectomies?

Advantage plans must include the same benefits as Part A and B of Original Medicare. Some also include additional benefits.

Since Medicare doesn’t cover elective surgeries, more than likely they will not cover a vasectomy. However, check with your carrier to get the specifics on what your benefits include to see if coverage for a vasectomy is included.

Do Medicare Supplements Cover Vasectomies?

Medicare Supplements will always pay for whatever Medicare pays for. So, if Medicare doesn’t pay for a Vasectomy, neither will your Medicare Supplement plan.

How Much Does a Vasectomy Cost?

Including follow-up visits, the costs of a vasectomy can range from $300 up to $3,000. The difference in price may depend on the type of procedure, where you get the operation, and your insurance coverage.

Alternative Procedures to a Vasectomy

As technology and time go on, the health industry is continuously advancing and trying new things. Including some alternative options to the conventional vasectomy.

The results are the same, but the operation is less invasive. No-scalpel vasectomies are slightly different due to how the surgeon accesses the vas deferens.

Using the no-scalpel option, surgeons use clamps to hold the outside of the scrotum. Then, using a needle, the specialist makes a small hole in the scrotum to reach the ducts.

Since this is elective surgery, Medicare will not cover no-scalpel vasectomies.

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Finding an Affordable Vasectomy Clinic

Patients should do some research and find an affordable and credible vasectomy clinic. There are many options available, depending on your service area. Planned Parenthood offers vasectomy and similar services, even if you don’t have health insurance and live via the low-income budget.

Many Planned Parenthood health centers accept health insurance, including Medicaid. They, like many clinics and doctors, base the cost of service on the patient’s income.

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Jagger Esch

Jagger Esch is the Medicare expert for MedicareFAQ and the founder, president, and CEO of Elite Insurance Partners and Since the inception of his first company in 2012, he has been dedicated to helping those eligible for Medicare by providing them with resources to educate themselves on all their Medicare options. He is featured in many publications as well as writes regularly for other expert columns regarding Medicare.


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