Does Medicare Cover Heart Transplants?

Medicare covers heart transplants. Medicare Advantage plans also cover heart transplants and include an annual out-of-pocket spending limit, which Original Medicare doesn’t offer.

Original Medicare (Part A and Part B) does cover heart transplants and certain other organ transplants if considered medically necessary by a doctor.

Medicare Advantage (Part C) plans also cover heart transplants, and they also include an annual out-of-pocket spending limit. This can potentially save you money in Medicare costs for your heat transplant.

Original Medicare does not include an out-of-pocket spending cap.

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How much does Medicare pay for heart transplants?

Hospital costs related to your heart transplant are typically covered by Medicare Part A.

Doctor services related to your transplant are typically covered by Medicare Part B.

Even if Medicare covers your heart transplant, you are generally responsible for a portion of the costs. Some of these costs include:

  • Medicare Part A deductible:
    The Part A deductible is $1,632 per benefit period in 2024.

    A benefit period begins the day you are admitted to the hospital and ends when you’ve been discharged for at least 60 days. If you’ve been out of the hospital for more than 60 days and are admitted again, a new benefit period begins.

    You must pay your Part A deductible before Medicare will pay its share for covered hospital services.

  • Medicare Part A coinsurance:
    After you meet your Part A deductible, you are typically responsible for paying Part A coinsurance costs.
    • Days 1-60 spent in the hospital: $0 coinsurance for each benefit period
    • Days 61-90: $408 coinsurance per day of each benefit period
    • Days 91 and beyond: $816 coinsurance per each “lifetime reserve day” after day 90 for each benefit period
    • Beyond lifetime reserve days: you are responsible for all costs

Lifetime reserve days are 60 additional days of coverage that can be used over the course of your life. For each lifetime reserve day, Medicare pays all covered costs except for the daily coinsurance. Once you use these 60 days, they cannot be renewed.

  • Medicare Part B deductible:
    The Part B deductible is $240 per year in 2024.

    You must pay your Part B deductible before Medicare will pay its share for covered doctor services. Once your Part B deductible is met, Medicare typically pays 80 percent of the Medicare-approved amount for covered doctor services, and you pay 20 percent.

If you have a Medicare Advantage plan, your coinsurance and deductible costs could vary. All Medicare Advantage plans include an annual out-of-pocket spending limit.

Depending on the type of Medicare Advantage plan you have, you may be required to get your heart transplant from a doctor or hospital in your plan network.

For specific pricing information regarding your heart transplant, we recommend speaking with your doctor directly.

Does Medicare cover transplant drugs?

Medicare covers immunosuppressive transplant drugs if Medicare also helped pay for your heart transplant.

Medicare Advantage plans also cover heart transplants

Medicare Advantage (Medicare Part C) plans are sold by private insurers as an alternative to Original Medicare.

Every Medicare Advantage plan must provide the same hospital and medical benefits as Medicare Part A and Part B, which means if your heart transplant is covered by Original Medicare, it should also be covered by Medicare Advantage.

Medicare Advantage plans may also offer benefits that aren’t offered by Original Medicare.

To learn more about Medicare Advantage, or to find Medicare Advantage plans in your area, speak with a licensed insurance agent.

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About the author

Christian Worstell is a senior Medicare and health insurance writer with He is also a licensed health insurance agent. Christian is well-known in the insurance industry for the thousands of educational articles he’s written, helping Americans better understand their health insurance and Medicare coverage.

Christian’s work as a Medicare expert has appeared in several top-tier and trade news outlets including Forbes, MarketWatch, WebMD and Yahoo! Finance.

Christian has written hundreds of articles for that teach Medicare beneficiaries the best practices for navigating Medicare. His articles are read by thousands of older Americans each month. By better understanding their health care coverage, readers may hopefully learn how to limit their out-of-pocket Medicare spending and access quality medical care.

Christian’s passion for his role stems from his desire to make a difference in the senior community. He strongly believes that the more beneficiaries know about their Medicare coverage, the better their overall health and wellness is as a result.

A current resident of Raleigh, Christian is a graduate of Shippensburg University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism.

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