FYI Shingles Vaccine and Medicare payment

Discussion in 'General Health & Wellness' started by TwoCatDoctors, Feb 12, 2011.

  1. TwoCatDoctors

    TwoCatDoctors New Member

    I'm not putting posting for argument on the Shingles Vaccine, but instead to advise how it worked on Medicare charging the 20 percent co-payment on injectable meds for 2011.

    I got my Shingles vaccine a few weeks ago and wanted to let you know about how Medicare arranged payment on my visit. I am with a Medicare Advantage HMO.

    I DID NOT have to pay an office visit co-pay to have this vaccine (that was a pleasant surprise). BUT, I had to pay $45 as the "20 percent injectable medication co-pay" for the shingles vaccine.

    ALSO BE AWARE this injectable medication co-pay IS COUNTED as a "prescription" for this year and towards the Medicare prescription donut hole. That will hurt many who already fall into the donut hole and may drive people away from injectable medication/vaccines due to cost and the donut hole.