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What Medical Expenses Can Be Written Off on Taxes?

Here is a list of medical expenses that can be deducted from your taxes:


Adapters to TV sets and telephone for hearing impaired


Artificial limb


Braille books and magazines

Capital improvements to your home to accommodate a disability

Car – Cost of special equipment so disabled person can drive


Contact lenses plus wetting and cleaning solutions


Dental care


Diagnostic devices

Prescription drugs


Eye surgery

Hearing aid


In-home health care


Insurance premiums, co-pays and deductibles for health insurance, dental and eye insurance, and long-term-care insurance.

Lifetime care fees (percentage of fees paid under lifetime contract with a continuing care retirement community)

Long-term-care services

Meals (while staying in hospital or similar facility)

Medicare Part B premiums

Nursing home and assisted living costs

Nursing services




Prescription drugs and medicine (Drugs from Canadian and foreign pharmacies are not deductible.)

Psychiatric care

Stop smoking program



Transportation to receive medical care – mileage, parking, tolls

Weight-loss program (if part of treatment for specific disease or condition, such as obesity)


Wig (if hair is lost due to medical condition or treatment)


A complete list of deductible medical expenses is available in IRS Publication 502: Medical and Dental Expenses.

The most common way people treat their health costs on their tax forms is by claiming an itemized deduction, on Schedule A of the 1040, for out-of-pocket medical expenses.

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8:18AM PDT on Mar 19, 2013

Thanks for the info.

5:33AM PDT on Oct 23, 2012

Thank you

8:27AM PDT on Jul 1, 2012

i've always deducted my medical expenses, didn't realize it had to be a certain percentage. i guess it was since i had a cpa doing my taxes and i trust he knows the laws.

2:31AM PDT on Apr 18, 2012

I wonder if they changed the law?!? I was having Insurance premiums taken out of my check and what I read said that we 'could NOT take them as a deduction.' Hmmmmmmm.

11:54AM PST on Mar 6, 2012

Good to know

7:42AM PST on Feb 29, 2012

Every year I tally all of my medical expenses and if they qualify fine, if not, at least I did my part to make the determination. In this day and age every penny saved counts.

5:05AM PST on Feb 29, 2012

Let us take an example of Texas. The "Penny Health" is quite popular in Arizona. It provides so many offers for the low income people.

5:04AM PST on Feb 29, 2012

Good info, thanks

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