Medicare Costs What you pay if you have Original Medicare

Part A Costs for Covered Services and Items

Blood In most cases, the hospital gets blood from a blood bank at no charge, and you won’t have to pay for it or replace it. If the hospital has to buy blood for you, you must either pay the hospital costs for the first 3 units of blood you get in a calendar year or have the blood donated.
Home Health Care You pay:

$0 for home health care services

20% of the ■Medicare-approved amount for durable medical equipment

Hospice Care You pay:

$0 for hospice care

A ■copayment of up to $5 per prescription for outpatient prescription drugs for pain and symptom management

5% of the Medicare-approved amount for inpatient respite care ■(short-term care given by another caregiver, so the usual caregiver can rest)

Medicare doesn’t cover room and board when you get hospice care in your home or another facility where you live (like a nursing home).

Hospital Stay In 2010, you pay:

$1,100 ■deductible and no coinsurance for days 1–60 each benefit period

$275 per day for days 61–90 each benefit period

$550 per "■lifetime reserve day" after day 90 each benefit period (up to 60 days over your lifetime)

All costs for each day after the lifetime reserve days

Inpatient mental health care in a psychiatric hospital limited to ■190 days in a lifetime

See "Medical and Other Services" on page 121 for what you pay for doctor services while you are a hospital inpatient.

Skilled Nursing Facility Stay In 2010, you pay:

$0 for the first 20 days each benefit period

$137.50 per day for days 21–100 each benefit period

All costs for each day after day 100 in a benefit period