Does Medicare Cover Scooters?

Learn if Original Medicare covers the cost of a scooter

by Ray Wilson+ on Jun 18, 2015 | 6 Comments

If you need a wheelchair or power operated vehicle, better known as a scooter, you probably know they can be pricey. We all know what a wheelchair is, but scooters are the fun little vehicles that you see at the market and in television commercials.
So, I’m sure your next questions is will Medicare cover the cost of wheelchairs and scooters?

Does Medicare Cover Scooters?

Medicare covers some of your wheelchairs and scooters costs if your doctor prescribes it.

How Much Do Scooters Cost with Medicare?

If you are enrolled in Medicare Part B you will pay coinsurance of 20% (the deductible applies, $185). Since each scooter and wheelchair can vary, your out of pocket costs will vary. There are ways to limit or eliminate these costs.

Does Medigap Cover Scooters?

Medigap plans can cover your extra costs that Original Medicare leaves over. Medigap plan “C” and plan “F” cover 100% of your Part B deductible and will also pay the 20% coinsurance, and copays. Combined with Medicare there should be no additional cost.

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Does Medicare Advantage Cover Scooters?

Medicare Advantage plans cover scooters; but remember that MA plans offer varying coverage, which means some Medicare Advantage plans will cover more, some will cover less than Original Medicare.

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To learn more of what Medicare covers call 800-930-7956 or click here to get a Medigap quote or Medicare Advantage quote to see how much they cost monthly and how and/or if they lower the cost for a scooter.

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Reader Comments and Questions

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By Alice on July 02, 2019

My father in law is 93 years old. He no longer drives but we are wondering if Medicare would help pay for a scooter for him to help keep some since of independence? He uses a walker and / or cane to get about.

Medicare can cover scooter costs if the doctor treating the condition submits a written order stating that there is a medical need for a scooter for use at home. There are also some other conditions that apply so you should check with Medicare directly.
-Chris from

By Deborah Haseker on April 28, 2017

Is there a limit that medicare will pay on a scooter?

Since each scooter case is based on a patient's needs, you will need to contact Medicare to see if you're approved and how much you're approved for. Generally speaking they cover 20% of the approved amount, after you meet your Part B deductible.
-Amy from

By Grace Turner on February 11, 2016

Scooters really don't cost that much money with help from medicare. My mom hurt her hip and the doctor prescribed her a scooter. My dad doesn't have a lot of extra money right now but they do have medicare! I'm glad to see that he will receive help paying for my mothers scooter! Now she can continue to get around the home!

By Shira Brill on August 13, 2015

My husband needs a scooter, do you think he should get a Medicare Advantage or Medigap plan?

Choosing between a Medicare Advantage and Medigap plan is a personal decision; however, if you and your husband are able to afford the premium for a Medigap plan, such as C or F, you should not have any out of pocket expenses (if Medicare covers an item or service) besides your premium. With Medicare Advantage you'll have out of pocket costs for the scooter. Hope this helps.
-Michelle from

By Russ on June 20, 2015

How much do scooters cost?

Thank you for your question. A motorized scooter ranges from about $600 -$2000, and a motorized wheelchair ranges from about $1000 -$3500. Remember if you're approved by Medicare, you would pay 20% of this cost unless you were enrolled in a Medigap plan that covers your Part B coinsurance. Hope this helps!
-Amy from

By Mara on June 18, 2015

Is it Part A or Part B that covers the scooter?

Fantastic question! It is Medicare Part B that covers durable medical equipment like scooters and wheelchairs.
-Chris from

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