Does Mayo Clinic take Medicare?
For those of us who live in the U.S., this is a complicated issue. Whether or not Mayo Clinic takes Medicare comes up frequently. The short answer is yes, Mayo Clinic, on all campuses, does take Medicare. But here is where it gets sticky. It depends on the Medicare Plan you have.
If you have what is sometimes called "Traditional Medicare" then you have Medicare Part A (for hospitalization) and Part B (for outpatient). You also selected another Plan that covers the gap of what Part B does not cover. I have Transamerica Insurance for my Part G supplemental plan. It's very cumbersome however I chose traditional Medicare because it allows me to go anywhere in the U.S. that accepts Medicare. I don't need any prior authorization.
If you chose a Medicare Advantage Plan then you are in a network of hospitals and medical providers and have a managed care plan. You have Medicare Parts A and B but also C (Medicare Advantage Plan) that includes all of your medical services including prescriptions. However, Medicare Advantage Plans have networks so like the type of health care plan you probably had before you retired you have to get prior authorization for some services from your insurance company and you cannot go outside of your network or it will cost you a lot of additional money. Many people go with these Medicare Advantage Plans because the monthly cost is reasonable, it's easy to sign up, and if you live in a large urban area you'll have lots of choices of where you can go. But, if you want to go outside of your network, like Mayo Clinic then you'll have to check to see if your Medicare Advantage plan lets you go to Mayo Clinic.
Confused? It's mind-boggling. I figured all of this out when I signed up for Medicare shortly before I retired.
If you want to know if Mayo Clinic takes your Medicare Plan, you can call the business office at any campus and explain what kind of insurance coverage you have. They will help. I have experienced THE best service when I've contacted Mayo Clinic for insurance and billing questions.