Kidney transplants (children)

Kidney transplants (children)

Generally, Part A covers these transplant services: 

  • Inpatient services in an approved hospital 
  • Kidney registry fee 
  • Laboratory and other tests needed to evaluate your child’s medical condition and the condition of potential kidney donors 
  • The costs of finding the proper kidney for your child’s transplant surgery 
  • The full cost of care for your child’s kidney donor 
  • Blood (if a transfusion is needed) 


Part B helps pay for these transplant services: 

  • Doctors’ services for kidney transplant surgery 
  • Doctors’ services for the kidney donor during his or her hospital stay 
  • Immunosuppressive drugs (generally for a limited time after your child leaves the hospital following a transplant) 
  • Blood (if a transfusion is needed) 


Important: Find out if your child is eligible for Medicare


Your costs in Original Medicare
  • Inpatient hospital services — Generally, Part A pays for these services. You pay a deductible. 
  • Doctor's services — Generally, Part B pays 80% of the Medicare-approved amount, after you pay the Part B yearly Deductible [glossary] . You pay the remaining 20% Coinsurance . This is in addition to the Part B monthly Premium
  • Prescription drugs -- To get Medicare drug coverage for your child, your child must have Part A or Part B, and you must enroll your child in a Medicare drug plan during an enrollment period. This would cover immunosuppressive and oral only drugs, but only if Part B doesn’t cover 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
  • 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.

Things to know


If you have a problem with the care that you’re getting for your transplant or with getting a referral for a transplant work-up, you have the right to file a complaint (grievance).

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