Will Medicare Pay for a Hot Tub?
Don’t let your aches and pains get you down.
If you’re over 65 and on Medicare, It might be time to give your aching bones a much-deserved rest.
You could be relaxing in a brand-new portable inflatable hot tub. Possibly before the year is out. Ask your doctor today about providing you with a letter to send off to Medicare.
Focus on medical necessity
This letter should focus on medical necessity. In other words, why you will benefit from the use of a hot tub. Not your opinion — the physician’s.
And he should back up his letter with all the relevant medical test data you can locate.
Among your ailments, be sure to list the most relevant ones:
- Poor circulation
- Stroke recovery
- Back pain
- Severe arthritis pain
- Knee or joint pain
- Type II diabetes
- Hip pain
- Traumatic brain injury
- And any other medical condition you — or your doctor — think is relevant.
Medicare may very well approve your request
Asking doesn’t cost anything.
Be ready to provide medical evidence of any ongoing or past illness or condition. Gather up all relevant MRIs, X-rays and any other test to which you’ve been subjected. Go as far back as possible.
Remember. An injury from years ago might be causing the chronic stiffness in your legs today. Don’t just mention that injury — document it thoroughly.
Cooperate with your doctor — and with any investigating efforts on Medicare’s behalf. Have patience. You could be sitting in your hot tub sooner than you think!
Here’s what the letter should include
Keep firmly in mind that the letter from your doctor should include his opinion and documentation as to:
- why a hot tub would help your medical conditions
- what he or she expects the treatment to assuage
- why the spa might improve your injury or condition — as specifically as possible
Examine your Medicare coverage or Supplement
Does your coverage specifically excludes hot tubs. If it does, then don’t bother going to all this bother.
But even if they don’t cover it, you can still claim the cost of the hot tub as a medical expense on your taxes — it IS tax deductible, as a rule. Be sure to save your receipt, your prescription, and any documentation as to medical necessity.
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