Medicare costs are going up in 2017. Most people on Medicare currently pay a Part B premium of $104.90. That will go up in January to about $109.
For people who are new to Medicare, or those who are not yet collecting Social Security, their Part B premium will be $134.
Part B of Medicare covers doctor visits, lab tests, physical therapy, chemo and radiation treatments, and most non-hospital services.
Part B of Medicare has a deductible and that is going up in 2017 to $183. It is $166 in 2016.
Everyone pays the Part B premium
Whether your Part B premium is $109 or $134, you must pay that to enroll in a Medicare supplement or a Medicare Advantage plan. Without Part B, you don’t really have Medicare because Part A covers hospitalization – but not a visit to the Emergency Room.
Why Medicare costs are going up.
Medicare Part B is highly subsidized by taxpayers.
People on Medicare do not realize their Part B premium ($109 or $134) only covers about 25% of the cost of Part B services. The other 75% comes out of the federal budget – and this is what all the fighting over Medicare is all about.
The info below shows (in copper color of the last two columns) that, in 2014, 73% of Part B funding came from general revenues while 74% of Part D funding came from general revenues.
The total Medical budget was around $600 billion in 2014. Of course, that is going up each year.
Total Part B expenses were about $259.8 billion in 2014.
Total Part D (drug coverage) expenses were $78.2 billion in 2014.
I have written about “Politics and Medicare” and what can be done to control rising costs in the program.
Some people get help with their Medicare costs based on their income.