Medicare covers chemotherapy if you have cancer. Medicare Part A (Hospital Insurance) covers it if you're a hospital inpatient. Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) covers it if you’re a hospital outpatient or a patient in a doctor’s office or freestanding clinic.

Your costs in Original Medicare

If you get Part-B covered chemotherapy in a hospital outpatient setting, you pay a  copayment . For chemotherapy given in a doctor's office or freestanding clinic, you pay 20% of the  Medicare-approved amount after you meet the Part B  deductible .


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 if, or how much, Medicare will pay for them.


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
  • If your doctor accepts assignment
  • The type of facility
  • Where you get your test, item, or service

Is my test, item, or service covered?