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Will Medicare cover me if I travel outside the United States?

Under the Original Medicare Plan, you are not covered for medical services if you travel outside the United States. There are a few rare exceptions such as certain emergency hospital services received in Mexico and Canada, though. It is always good to check with Medicare and also consider a supplemental medical insurance policy. When we travel we always purchase additional insurance.
Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine

Under the Original Medicare Plan, you are not covered for medical services if you travel outside the United States. There are a few rare exceptions such as certain emergency hospital services received in Mexico and Canada, though.

However, some Medicare Part C (Medicare Advantage) plans pay for healthcare expenses when you travel outside the U.S. Check with your insurance provider about the specifics of your policy relating to foreign travel coverage. 

If you have Medigap (supplemental Medicare), emergency care when you travel outside the U.S. may be covered. Check Parts C, D, E, F, G, H, I, and J of your policy for foreign travel coverage.

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