Is a Fecal Occult Blood Test Covered with Medicare?

Many tests exist to detect the onset of various types of cancer and it is important that you stay diligent in your checkups with your doctor to protect yourself.  Cancer is not a disease or condition to be ignored as cures are not known, while treatments may be.  Testing is the best way to help prevent cancer and the tests that exist to do this are plentiful in their scope.

Your doctor may choose many different approaches to diagnosing and treating your potential types of cancer and you would have to consult them to find out what is necessary.  Medicare covers most of these tests, including the fecal occult blood test in the event that it is necessary to detect and fight your cancerous condition.

Medicare covers this lab test once every 12 months for people age 50 or older.  In 2011, YOU pay $0 for this test, but you generally have to pay 20% of the Medicare-approved amount for the doctor’s visit. The Part B deductible doesn’t apply.

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