Medicare: Keeping Track Of Your Medicare Bills: A Simple Method
Medicare requires your doctor or other health care provider to file a claim directly with Medicare.
It's important to keep track of your medical bills to make sure all charges are reviewed and proper payment is made, especially if you have Medicare and another health insurance plan.By keeping track of your Medicare Bills:
- You will have a fix on how much your out-of-pocket costs are for budgeting and tax deductions purposes.
- You will save money by making sure you're not being overcharged for services.
- You will avoid problems with medical creditors, who are often persistent and quick to report late payments to a credit bureau.
If you have continuing access to the internet, Medicare posts claims and their status on www.MyMedicare.gov . Even then, mistakes can happen so it is a good idea to keep your own records. Click on "sign up" (you will need your Medicare i.d. number to register.)
If you don't have continuing access to the internet, or want to be smart consumer, you can set up your own, preferably easy-to-use, system. For an example of an easy to use system, click here. For tips about using the system, click here.
If you'd prefer, ask a friend or family member to help keep track of your medical bills. You can also hire a claims professional. See Claims: Finding Professional Help.
NOTE: If you have Medicare and another health insurance plan, click here.