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Lung cancer screening

How often is it covered?

Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) covers a lung cancer screening with Low Dose Computed Tomography (LDCT) once per year.

Who's eligible?

People with Part B who meet all of these conditions:

  • They're 55-77.
  • They're asymptomatic (they don’t have signs or symptoms of lung cancer).
  • They're either a current smoker or have quit smoking within the last 15 years.
  • They have a tobacco smoking history of at least 30 “pack years” (an average of one pack a day for 30 years).
  • They get a written order from their doctor.

Before your first lung cancer screening, you’ll need to schedule an appointment with your doctor to:

  • Discuss the benefits and risks of lung cancer screening
  • Decide whether lung cancer screening is right for you

Your costs in Original Medicare

You pay nothing for this service if your doctor accepts assignment.

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