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A friend from Florida called recently. During our chat he mentioned that he and his wife have joined a club for exercise facilities and a pool. We discussed prices, etc. and then he told me that their doctors had written a that the expense of the club is a medical deduction.

His wife has a pacemaker implanted and he has diabetes and arthritis.
Nonetheless, these are fairly common ills, and it surprised me that the club fees could b e a legitimate medical deduction> Is it legitimate?

And, might somebody with a bum knee get pool/water aerobics program as a medical deduction?

If it's required for a specific medical condition and prescribed by a doctor, it may be deductible. However, even if it meets these requirements, it is just lumped together with other medical deductions. The total of all medical deductions must exceed 7.5% of AGI before $1 is deductible and the taxpayer must also itemize deductions before there is any tax benefit.

This may be another one of those situations (like investment expesnes) where people think "oh, it's deductible" but there's no impact on the tax return.

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