What medical and dental expenses are deductible?

To the extent you were not reimbursed, you may deduct what you paid for:

  • Medicines and drugs that required a prescription or insulin.
  • Medical doctors, dentists, eye doctors, chiropractors, osteopaths, podiatrists, psychiatrists, psychologists, physical therapists, acupuncturists, and psychoanalysts (for medical care only).
  • Medical examinations, x-ray and laboratory services, insulin treatments, and whirlpool baths your doctor ordered.
  • Nursing help (if you paid someone to perform both nursing duties and housework, you may only deduct the cost of the nursing help).
  • Hospital care (including meals and lodging), clinic costs, and lab fees.
  • Medical treatment at a center for drug or alcohol addiction.
  • Medical aids such as hearing aids (and batteries), false teeth, eyeglasses, contact lenses, braces, crutches, wheelchairs, guide dogs and the cost of maintaining them.
  • Lodging expenses (but not meals) paid while away from home while receiving medical care in a hospital or a medical care facility that is related to a hospital. Do not include more than $50 a night for each eligible person.
  • Ambulance service and other travel costs to get medical care. If you used your own car, you may claim what you spent for gas and oil to go to and from the place you received the care, or you may claim 24 cents per mile. Add parking and tolls to the amount you claim under either method.
  • The supplemental part of Medicare Insurance (Medicare B).
  • Surgery to improve vision, including radial keratotomy or other laser eye surgery.

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