What does Medicare Part A pay for?

Medicare Part A is hospital coverage. It helps pay for hospital stays and inpatient care in hospitals. This includes:

  • Care in special units, like intensive care 
  • Skilled nursing services
  • Drugs, medical supplies and medical equipment used during an inpatient stay 
  • Lab test, X-rays and medical equipment used as an inpatient
  • Operating room and recovery room services
  • Hospice care for the terminally ill
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