Is it possible to keep and use Medicare benefits while living abroad in the Philippines? I'm permanently disabled and collecting Social Security.
If there are medical providers that accept medicare patients - then sure. The chances that there are any are hovering somewhere around 0%.
Had there been a totalization agreement between the US and the Philippines, then you would be able to use the local social security network instead, but there's no such agreement (yet?).
Are you visiting and "living abroad" or have you "set up a residence"?
I believe some of the Medicare Supplemental Insurance coverages can provide overseas benefits. For instance, my Massachusetts BCBS Direct-Billed Medex Policy states: "... When Medicare does not cover these services, your Direct-Billed Medex Policy provides both the Medex benefits and the benefits that are normally paid by Medicare for covered services. But, if you set up a residence outside of the United States, your Direct-Billed Medex Policy will not provide any benefits." [Mass BCBS R08-836]
Note that last sentence. It appears to me that with my supplemental insurance 'visiting' is OK, but having a permanent residence is a No-No.