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Close to 40% of men and women will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in the lifetimes, according to that National Cancer Institute’s 2015 data. Depending on the stage and type of cancer, your doctor may prescribe surgery to remove cancer or radiation and chemotherapy to kill cancer cells. You may receive some of this treatment as an outpatient and you may be admitted to the hospital for several nights or more. If you have a cancer diagnosis, your first question may be “Does Medicare cover cancer treatment?”
When you receive cancer treatment, you may incur costs for:
Medicare generally covers all medically necessary health care services needed to diagnose or treat an illness or disease, including many types of cancer treatment.
Medicare Advantage plans also generally cover all types of cancer treatment that Original Medicare (Part A and Part B) covers. Medicare Advantage is Medicare coverage offered by private insurance companies contracted with Medicare. Most Medicare Advantage plans also include prescription drug (Medicare Part D) coverage. You must continue to pay your Part B premium with a Medicare Advantage plan.
You may be responsible to pay copayments, coinsurance, and deductibles for your cancer treatment. A deductible is a set amount you must pay before your insurance begins to pay. A coinsurance could be a percentage, for example, 20% of the allowable charges that you are responsible for. It may be difficult to predict a dollar amount you may owe because you may not know what the allowable charges are. That’s where a Medicare Supplement plan comes in. Medicare Supplement plans may cover:
To find a Medicare Advantage or Medicare Supplement plan that can help you pay for cancer treatment, enter your zip code on this page.
eHealth's Medicare website is operated by eHealthInsurance Services, Inc., a licensed health insurance agency doing business as eHealth. The purpose of this site is the solicitation of insurance. Contact may be made by an insurance agent/producer or insurance company. eHealth and Medicare supplement insurance plans are not connected with or endorsed by the U.S. government or the federal Medicare program. We offer plans from a number of insurance companies.