Qualified medical expenses

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Qualified medical expenses are defined by the IRS in Publication 502:

  • Medical care expenses must be primarily to alleviate or prevent a physical or mental disability or illness. They don't include expenses that are merely beneficial to general health, such as [non-prescription] vitamins or a vacation.

  • These expenses include payments for legal medical services rendered by physicians, surgeons, dentists, and other medical practitioners. They include the costs of equipment, supplies, and diagnostic devices needed for these purposes.

  • Medical expenses include the premiums you pay for insurance that covers the expenses of medical care, and the amounts you pay for transportation to get medical care.

Sample of qualified medical expenses:

  • Acupuncture

  • Addiction Treatment

  • Ambulance

  • Bandages

  • Birth Control Pills

  • Vasectomy

  • Breast Pump

  • Capital Expenses 

  • Chiropractor

  • Contact Lenses

  • Dental Treatment

  • Disabled Dependent Care

  • Eye Exam, Eyeglasses Eye Surgery

  • Fertility Enhancement

  • Hearing Aids

  • Insurance Premiums

  • Nursing Home/Services

  • Prescriptions

  • Psychiatric Care

  • Special Education

  • Transportation Costs for Medical Care

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