Fair Square Medicare Wordmark

Does Medicare Cover SIBO Testing?

SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth) symptoms stock photo
By Daniel Petkevich
Dec 1, 2022

Read this before you buy a SIBO test

Medicare offers coverage for many different tests and treatments. Unfortunately, a SIBO test is not one of the tests covered by Medicare. So what options do you have instead? Let's find out.

Stay Up to Date on Medicare!

Join the Fair Square Medicare Newsletter to stay informed on cost savings, changes to Medicare, and other valuable healthcare information.

What is SIBO?

SIBO, or Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth, is a condition in which bacteria that are usually found in the large intestine (colon) overgrow and migrate to the small intestine. This can cause symptoms like abdominal pain, bloating, gas, constipation and/or diarrhea.

How is SIBO diagnosed?

SIBO is typically diagnosed with a breath test that measures the amount of gas produced by bacteria in your small intestine. This type of testing is simple and non-invasive and can provide an accurate diagnosis of SIBO.

Does Medicare cover SIBO testing?

Unfortunately, Medicare does not currently cover SIBO testing. Medicare does not consider it medically necessary and, therefore, will not cover the cost of testing.
If you have questions about your specific insurance plan and what it covers, it is best to contact the provider directly. You may also be able to use out-of-pocket funds for this test. Speak with your doctor about the best option for you.

How much is a SIBO test?

The cost of a SIBO test can vary depending on where you get it done and which type of test is used. Generally, the price ranges from $250 to $600.
If you think you may have symptoms of SIBO, speak with your doctor about the best testing option for you. They will be able to help you get started and recommend treatment.

What are the treatment options for SIBO?

If your SIBO test is positive, your doctor will likely recommend a combination of dietary changes and antibiotics to help manage the condition. These treatments are not typically covered by Medicare either, but you may be able to use out-of-pocket funds if you don’t have other insurance coverage. Some Medicare Advantage plans offer stipends to help with costs such as these. Check with your plan provider to see how you could help treat your SIBO.

How can you prevent SIBO from happening in the first place?

Though there is no guarantee that you can entirely prevent SIBO, there are steps you can take to reduce the risk of developing it. These include the following:
  • Eating a balanced diet
  • Avoiding processed and refined foods
  • Getting regular exercise
  • Managing stress levels
  • Paying attention to any food sensitivities or intolerances.
Probiotics may also be helpful in reducing your risk of SIBO.
If you have any further questions about SIBO or its treatment options, it’s best to speak with your healthcare provider for more information and personalized advice.


If you suspect that you have SIBO and need medical care, it is important to speak with a healthcare provider to discuss diagnosis and treatment options. Although Medicare does not cover SIBO testing, there are still options available to help accurately diagnose this condition. For testing and treatment, remember to speak with your doctor first. This content is for informational purposes only. Call one of our Fair Square Medicare experts today for any questions about your Medicare plan.

Stay Up to Date on Medicare!

Join the Fair Square Medicare Newsletter to stay informed on cost savings, changes to Medicare, and other valuable healthcare information.

Recommended Articles

Senior person holding tissue roll near a toilet bowl, using walker to walk to the bathroom stock photo
Does Medicare Cover Oxybutynin?
Dec 2, 2022
Dripping medication stock photo
Does Medicare Cover Ketamine Infusion for Depression?
Nov 23, 2022
INR machine at home stock photo
Does Medicare Cover INR Machines?
Nov 22, 2022
Pre-Existing condition stock image
Can Medicare Advantage Plans Deny Coverage for Pre-Existing Conditions?
Mar 28, 2023
Nashville city skyline stock image
14 Best Ways for Seniors to Stay Active in Nashville
Mar 10, 2023
Model of the lungs with the diseased part. Cancer or Ground glass opacity GGO. stock photo
Does Medicare pay for Opdivo?
Nov 23, 2022
Human hands holding healthy lung shape made from paper on light blue background. stock photo
How Much Does Trelegy Cost with Medicare?
Jan 24, 2023
Cover image
Fair Square Bulletin: We're Revolutionizing Medicare
Apr 27, 2023
Cover image
Can I Change My Primary Care Provider with an Advantage Plan?
Aug 25, 2023
Medicare Enrollment Periods stock image
Explaining the Different Enrollment Periods for Medicare
Feb 3, 2023
Dames Point Bridge in Jacksonville, Florida stock image
13 Best Ways for Seniors to Stay Active in Jacksonville
Mar 3, 2023
Diagnosis overactive bladder stock image
Does Medicare Cover PTNS?
Dec 9, 2022
Female physiotherapist helping elderly man in wheelchair do exercises with dumbbells at health center stock photo
What Does Medicare Cover for Stroke Patients?
Jan 20, 2023
surgeons working over a patient stock image
Does Medicare Cover LVAD Surgery?
Nov 30, 2022
stack of books stock image
Do You Need Books on Medicare?
Apr 6, 2023
senior man holding up his medicare card stock photo
Everything About Your Medicare Card + Medicare Number
May 12, 2022
Medigap on a post-it note surrounded by a stethoscope stock image
Do Medicare Supplement Plans Cover Dental and Vision?
Dec 8, 2022
Plastic surgeon handles a silicon implant
Does Medicare Cover Breast Implant Removal?
Jan 5, 2023

More of our articles

13 Best Ways for Seniors to Stay Active in Philadelphia

14 Best Ways for Seniors to Stay Active in Washington, D.C.

2023 Medicare Annual Election Period (AEP)

Can Doctors Choose Not to Accept Medicare?

Can I Choose Marketplace Coverage Instead of Medicare?

Can I Laminate My Medicare Card?

Can I switch From Medicare Advantage to Medigap?

Comparing All Medigap Plans | Chart Updated for 2023

Do I Need Medicare If My Spouse Has Insurance?

Does Medicare Cover Abortion Services?

Does Medicare Cover Air Purifiers?

Does Medicare Cover Boniva?

Does Medicare Cover Cardiac Ablation?

Does Medicare Cover Cervical Disc Replacement?

Does Medicare Cover Cold Laser Therapy (CLT)?

Does Medicare Cover Cosmetic Surgery?

Does Medicare Cover COVID Tests?

Does Medicare cover Deviated Septum Surgery?

Does Medicare Cover Diabetic Eye Exams?

Does Medicare Cover ESRD Treatments?

Does Medicare Cover Flu Shots?

Does Medicare Cover Fosamax?

Does Medicare Cover Hearing Aids?

Does Medicare Cover Hoarding Cleanup?

Does Medicare Cover Home Heart Monitors?

Does Medicare Cover Hypnotherapy?

Does Medicare Cover Ilumya?

Does Medicare Cover Iovera Treatment?

Does Medicare Cover Jakafi?

Does Medicare Cover Kidney Stone Removal?

Does Medicare Cover Lipoma Removal?

Does Medicare Cover Medical Marijuana?

Does Medicare Cover Mouth Guards for Sleep Apnea?

Does Medicare Cover Nuedexta?

Does Medicare Cover Orthodontic Care?

Does Medicare Cover Robotic Surgery?

Does Medicare Cover Service Animals?

Does Medicare Cover Shock Wave Therapy for Plantar Fasciitis?

Does Medicare Cover Tymlos?

Does Medicare Cover Xiafaxan?

Does Medicare Cover Zilretta?

Does Medicare Pay for Bunion Surgery?

Does Medicare Require a Referral for Audiology Exams?

Does Your Plan Include A Free Gym Membership?

Finding the Best Dental Plans for Seniors

Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) and Medicare

How Does Medicare Pay for Emergency Room Visits?

How is Medicare Changing in 2023?

How Medicare Costs Can Pile Up

How Much Does a Pacemaker Cost with Medicare?

How to Deduct Medicare Expenses from Your Taxes

How Your Employer Insurance and Medicare Work Together

Is Displacement Affecting Your Medicare Coverage?

Is Fair Square Medicare Legitimate?

Is PAE Covered by Medicare?

Medicare & Ozempic

Medicare Advantage MSA Plans

Medicare Consulting Services

Medicare Explained

Medicare Savings Programs in Kansas

Medicare Supplement Plans for Low-Income Seniors

Should You Work With A Remote Medicare Agent?

The Fair Square Bulletin: July 2023

Top 10 Physical Therapy Clinics in San Diego

What Are Medicare Part B Excess Charges?

What Is a Medicare Advantage POS Plan?

What is a Medicare Beneficiary Ombudsman?

What Is a Medicare Supplement SELECT Plan?

What You Need to Know About Creditable Coverage

What's the Difference Between HMO and PPO Plans?

Why You Should Keep Your Medigap Plan

Will Medicare Cover Dental Implants?

Your Medicare One-Stop-Shop

Your guide to Medicare Parts A & B, Medicare Advantage, and Medigap. 100% free.
Get the Fair Square Bulletin

Medicare savings tips, helpful guides, and more.


Medicare 101

Current Clients

Medicare Supplement Plans

Medicare Advantage Plans

Fair Square 2023

Terms of Use
Notice of Privacy Practices

Virgil Insurance Agency, LLC (DBA Fair Square Medicare) and www.fairsquaremedicare.com are privately owned and operated by Help Button Inc. Medicare supplement insurance plans are not connected with or endorsed by the U.S. government or the federal Medicare program. This is a solicitation of insurance. A licensed agent/producer may contact you. Medicare Supplement insurance is available to those age 65 and older enrolled in Medicare Parts A and B and, in some states, to those under age 65 eligible for Medicare due to disability or End-Stage Renal disease. Virgil Insurance Agency is a licensed and certified representative of Medicare Advantage HMO, HMO SNP, PPO, PPO SNP and PFFS organizations and stand-alone PDP prescription drug plans. Each of the organizations we represent has a Medicare contract. Enrollment in any plan depends on contract renewal. The plans we represent do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex. Plan availability varies by region and state. For a complete list of available plans please contact 1-800-MEDICARE (TTY users should call 1-877-486-2048), 24 hours a day/7 days a week or consult www.medicare.gov. © 2022 Help Button Inc

We do not offer every plan available in your area. Any information we provide is limited to those plans we do offer in your area. Please contact Medicare.gov or 1-800-MEDICARE to get information on all of your options.