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Dialysis information for people with End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD)

Dialysis during travel

You can still travel within the United States if you need dialysis. Your facility can help you plan your treatment along the route of your trip before you travel. Find out about Medicare’s coverage when you travel outside the U.S.

Transportation for dialysis treatment

In some cases, Medicare may cover ambulance transportation when you have End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD). There are multiple factors that contribute to whether your ambulance transport is covered for dialysis.

For non-emergency, scheduled, repetitive ambulance services, the ambulance supplier must get a written order from your doctor before you get the ambulance service. The doctor’s written order must certify that ambulance transportation is medically necessary and must be dated no earlier than 60 days before you get the ambulance service.

If you’re in a Medicare Advantage Plan (Part C), the plan may cover some non-ambulance transportation to dialysis centers and doctors. Call your plan for more information. Get your plan's contact information from a Personalized Search (under General Search), or search by plan name.