The Medicare Part B deductible is applied
based on the date the claim is processed by Medicare, not the actual date you received
the service. However, certain services won’t be applied
toward your deductible. The Medicare Part B deductible in 2013 is
$147 per calendar year. A provider may ask you to pay a portion of
your deductible at the time you get the service, or bill you after getting the Medicare approved
amount. A provider can’t bill you more than the amount
Medicare approves for the services you received that day. In addition, the provider should show the
amount you already paid on the claim they submit to Medicare.