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Medicare terms

Learn more about Medicare. Start with these definitions.


original Medicare

Original Medicare – or “traditional Medicare” – is the fee-for-service program in which the government pays for health care costs you incur. The coverage – which includes Medicare Part A and Medicare Part B – allows you to see a doctor anywhere in the country (as long as the doctor treats Medicare patients).

outpatient hospital care

When you have been admitted into a hospital as an inpatient, but the hospital registers you as an outpatient, your medical or surgical care is considered as outpatient hospital care – even if you stay overnight in the hospital for observation purposes.