Your Medicare Coverage

Is my test, item, or service covered?

Blood processing & handling

How often is it covered?

Hospitals generally charge for blood processing and handling:

  • For every unit of blood you get
  • Whether the blood is donated or purchased

Medicare Part A (Hospital Insurance) covers this service if you're an inpatient. Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) covers this service if you're an outpatient.

Who's eligible?

All people with Medicare Part A and/or Part B are covered.

Your costs in Original Medicare

You pay a copayment for blood processing and handling services for every unit of blood you get as a hospital outpatient.


To find out how much your test, item, or service will cost, talk to your doctor or health care provider. The specific amount you’ll owe may depend on several things, like:

  • Other insurance you may have
  • How much your doctor charges
  • Whether your doctor accepts assignment
  • The type of facility
  • Where you get your test, item, or service

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. Ask questions so you understand why your doctor is recommending certain services and whether Medicare will pay for them.

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