Medicare Part B: Outpatient/physician services coverage

Also known as outpatient medical insurance, Part B covers medically necessary and preventive services such as lab tests, surgeries and doctor visits, and supplies such as wheelchairs and walkers (considered medically necessary to treat a disease or condition). Part B is optional and can be purchased as part of the federally provided Original Medicare but can also be included in Part C Medicare Advantage Plans provided by private insurance companies.

What it costs

To find out what your costs would be for Medicare Part B coverage, please visit the Medicare costs at-a-glance page on the website. 

This information is not a complete description of benefits. Call 1-800-603-2340 TTY: 711 for more information.