Does Medicare Cover Hospital Beds?

by David Bynon, last updated

A hospital bed can be prescribed if your condition requires it, and Medicare will cover it. It is durable medical equipment that’s covered under Part B.

Will Medicare Cover a Hospital Bed at Home?

This article will go over some situations to help explain when and how Medicare will cover a hospital bed. We’ll also explain the out-of-pocket costs once Medicare pays its share.

Key Takeaways

  • Hospital beds help treat a condition requiring your body to be reclined in a certain position.
  • Medicare Part B will cover 80 percent of a hospital bed purchase or rental from a Medicare-approved supplier.
  • If you rent a hospital bed from a Medicare-approved supplier for over 13 months, you may keep the bed.
  • You can expect to pay $100 to over $11,000 for a hospital bed after Medicare coverage, depending on the features and size of the bed.
  • Additional accessories and features for the hospital bed can add to this estimated average.
  • A Medicare Advantage Plan will cover the cost of a hospital bed, just like Medicare Part B, but their out-of-pocket costs and replacement policies can vary between plans.
  • Medigap can help cover the remaining costs of a hospital bed, as long as Medicare Part B approves and covers it first.

What Conditions Qualify For A Hospital Bed?

An at-home hospital bed is considered medically necessary when your condition requires you to maintain a particular position to maintain or treat it. If your medical condition requires certain medical devices that cannot be attached to a normal bed, that may also qualify you for a hospital bed for your treatment. Here are some conditions that could make a hospital bed medically necessary for your, “Medicare Coverage Issues Manual”, Accessed December 21, 2021

  • Severe cardiac diseases
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Spinal cord injuries, including quadriplegic and paraplegic patients, multiple limb amputee, and stroke patients
  • Severe arthritis
  • Fractured hip
  • Late-stage pressure ulcers

How Will Medicare Cover My Hospital Bed?

Hospital beds fall under the classification of durable medical equipment (DME), which Medicare Part B covers. For coverage, your health care provider must prescribe, “Hospital beds”, Accessed December 21, 2021

Under Original Medicare, your cost for a hospital bed at home is 20 percent of the Medicare-approved amount. Medicare pays for DME in different ways. In many cases, you will need to rent the equipment. In some cases, you can choose if you want to rent or, “Hospital beds”, Accessed December 21, 2021

Medicare will only cover your hospital bed if your doctors and supplier are enrolled in Medicare. If your doctors and supplier aren’t enrolled, Medicare won’t pay their, “Hospital beds”, Accessed December 21, 2021

If suppliers are participating suppliers, they must accept assignment. That simply means they can charge you only the coinsurance and Part B deductible for the Medicare‑approved amount. If your supplier isn’t participating and doesn’t accept assignment, they can charge you any rate they choose, and you are responsible for the, “Hospital beds”, Accessed December 21, 2021

Medicare and Hospital Bed Rentals

For expensive DMEs such as hospital beds, you will most likely rent the bed for as long as your condition requires it. Medicare will provide coverage for your hospital bed for up to 13 months of continuous use. Once you have paid your equipment rental bill for 13 months, you will own the rented, “Medicare Coverage of Durable Medical Equipment & Other Devices”, Accessed December 21, 2021

What Types of Hospital Beds Does Medicare Cover?

Medicare does not specify any limitations on the type of hospital bed that can be covered, so you could get any hospital bed covered as long as your doctor approves it as medically necessary. The greatest impact on a hospital bed’s price is how many electronic features are built into, “Paying for Home Hospital Beds: Medicare’s Policy & Financial Help”, Accessed December 21, 2021

  • Manual Hospital Beds: start at $500 and use a hand crank to adjust the height and angles of the bed.
  • Semi-Electric Hospital Beds: start at $1,000 and use a hand crank to adjust the height, but the head and foot angles are electronically adjustable.
  • Full-Electric Hospital Beds: start at $2,000 and are fully adjustable beds, only needing a button press or two.
  • Air-Fluidized Bed: average around $55,000 and uses pressurized air to evenly distribute a person’s weight, making it feel like they are, “HydroAire Air Fluidized Therapy Bed”, Accessed December 21, 2021.

Other aspects that can impact the final price of the hospital bed, “Paying for Home Hospital Beds: Medicare’s Policy & Financial Help”, Accessed December 21, 2021

  • Whether you rent or buy the hospital bed
  • Bed size, ranging from standard to king size
  • Weight capacity
  • Special hospital bed sheets and mattress pads
  • Trapeze bars, for moving into or out of the bed
  • Side rails
  • Attached IV poles

The cost of a hospital bed can vary between $500 and over $55,000 depending on the features and accessories you need that are listed above. After Medicare coverage, you would be looking at $100 to $11,000 in out-of-pocket costs, which depends on the type of hospital bed you, “Paying for Home Hospital Beds: Medicare’s Policy & Financial Help”, Accessed December 21,, “HydroAire Air Fluidized Therapy Bed”, Accessed December 21, 2021

Do Medicare Advantage Plans Cover Hospital Beds?

Just like Original Medicare (Part A and Part B), your Medicare Advantage plan covers hospital beds and other DMEs you need. However, that is where a lot of the similarities, “How do Medicare Advantage Plans work?“, Accessed December 21, 2021

The actual out-of-pocket costs will vary depending on the Medicare Advantage plans in your area. Your DME suppliers will also be restricted to in-network suppliers, so you will need to contact your Medicare Advantage plan provider to find out where you can get a covered hospital bed, as well as how they handle replacements and repairs for broken, “Medicare Coverage of Durable Medical Equipment & Other Devices”, Accessed December 21, 2021


If you have a Medicare supplement plan that covers the Medicare Part B coinsurance, it will pick up its share of your out-of-pocket costs for a hospital bed and other Medicare-approved DMEs. So while you may have more to pay each month, you could save a great deal of money if you end up needing a high-cost hospital bed. Medigap policies are available for purchase through many private insurance companies and help you with Original Medicare’s out-of-pocket costs,, “What’s Medicare Supplement Insurance (Medigap)?“, Accessed December 6, 2021

  • Deductibles
  • Coinsurance
  • Copayments


Yes, Medicare will cover the cost of your hospital bed purchases and rentals if your doctor says it is necessary. So if you are worried about paying $2,000 after coverage for a hospital bed, Medicare will cover your rental costs at a significantly lower cost overall for as long as you need it. If you are a Medicare Advantage Plan member, please don’t forget to check with your plan provider about how they handle replacements if your hospital bed gets damaged.


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