Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) covers Pap tests and pelvic exams to check for cervical and vaginal cancers. As part of the pelvic exam , Medicare also covers a clinical breast exam to check for breast cancer. Medicare covers these screening tests once every 24 months in most cases. If you’re at high risk for cervical or vaginal cancer, or if you’re of child-bearing age and had an abnormal Pap test in the past 36 months, Medicare covers these screening tests once every 12 months.
Part B also covers Human Papillomavirus (HPV) tests (as part of a Pap test) once every 5 years if you’re age 30-65 without HPV symptoms.
Your costs in Original Medicare
If your doctor or other health care provider accepts assignment, you pay nothing for the following:
- the lab Pap test
- the lab HPV with Pap test
- the Pap test specimen collection
- the pelvic and breast exams