Your Medicare Coverage

Is my test, item, or service covered?

Chemotherapy

How often is it covered?

Medicare covers chemotherapy for cancer patients who are hospital inpatients and outpatients, as well as for patients in a doctor's office or freestanding clinic.

Who's eligible?

All people with Medicare are covered.

Medicare Part A (Hospital Insurance) covers hospital inpatients and Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) covers hospital outpatients and patients in a doctor's office or freestanding clinic.

Your costs in Original Medicare

You pay a copayment as a hospital outpatient.

You pay 20% of the Medicare-approved amount if you get your treatment in a doctor's office or freestanding clinic. The Part B deductible applies.

Note

Your doctor or other health care provider may recommend you get services more often than Medicare covers. Or, they may recommend services that Medicare doesn’t cover. If this happens, you may have to pay some or all of the costs. It’s important to ask questions so you understand why your doctor is recommending certain services and whether Medicare will pay for them.

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