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Tax: Medical Expense Deductions

A General Overview Of What Expenses Are Considered To Be Medical Expenses For Tax Purposes

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In  general, deductions are available for payments made for "medical care." Medical care includes payments for:

  • The diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease, or for the purpose of affecting any structure or function of the body. The deduction is basically for everything that would be covered by health insurance - and more. The deduction does not include expenses for maintaining good health.
  • Transportation for and essential to the types of care listed above.
  • Qualified long-term care services.
  • Insurance premiums for medical care and qualified long-term care.

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