Saturday, May 4, 2013

Medicare Doesn’t Cover Dental Care

Medicare doesn’t cover dental care.  There have been countless debates and discussions about medical care; yet no one ever mentions dental care, as though that were not important to your overall health.  Last June an M. D. (dermatologist) did a biopsy of my skin at suspicious looking place on my right forearm, and   Medicare covered the procedure, whereas next week an oral surgeon (D.D.S. and M. D.) will do a biopsy of a suspicious looking place in the roof of my mouth, but Medicare will not cover the procedure.  Now, does that make any sense?

My initial visit with the oral surgeon cost me $85, not covered by Medicare, and the biopsy will cost me $406.  What if the biopsy shows the suspicious area is malignant and I have to have a laser procedure or whatever to get rid of it?  I don’t think Medicare will cover that either.  (As an aside, I don’t understand why the oral surgeon couldn’t have just gone ahead on the first visit and gotten rid of the whole suspicious area then and there, under the assumption that it was malignant, and thereby saved me some money). 
 
What is ironical is that yesterday while I was on hold on the telephone waiting to talk to a Medicare representative, I was informed by a recording that I am currently eligible for coverage under Medicare for cardiac screening, colon-and-rectal cancer screening, prostate cancer screening, diabetes screening, osteoporosis screening, a flu shot, and an annual examination by my primary care doctor.  BUT NOT FOR ORAL CANCER SCREENING!

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