Original Medicare does not cover transportation for routine doctor’s office visits. The only transportation covered by Original Medicare is ground ambulance transportation when you need to be transported to a hospital, critical access hospital, or skilled nursing facility for medically necessary services. Transportation in an airplane or helicopter to a hospital if you need immediate and rapid ambulance transportation not available by ground transportation is also provided.
There are, however, some Medicare Advantage plans that offer transportation services to doctors’ offices. Some provide unlimited trips, and others have a set number of trips defined by the plan. Please check your Medicare Advantage Summary of Benefits to see if your plan offers this supplemental benefit.