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Liver Transplant

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A liver transplant is a surgical procedure that removes a liver that no longer functions properly and replaces it with a healthy liver or a portion of a healthy liver from a donor.

Original Medicare will help cover the costs of the supplies and services you need before, during, and after your liver transplant. Medicare Part A will help with the expenses of the liver transplant surgery and the related supplies and services that are necessary once you are admitted to the hospital. Medicare Part B will cover the costs of your doctor services, tests, and any exams prior to your surgery. Part B will also cover the follow-up care visits after your procedure.


Under Original Medicare, you will be required to pay 20 percent of the Medicare-approved amount for doctor services that are needed due to the transplant.

You may have to pay your Medicare Part A deductible if you have not fully met the requirement. Medicare will cover all hospital expenses. The same applies to Medicare Part B with any doctor services.

You will likely be required to pay additional transplant facility charges. However, Medicare will cover all Medicare-approved lab tests.

What to Know

Medicare coverage extends to more than just liver transplants. The following organ transplants are also covered:

  • Heart
  • Lung
  • Kidney
  • Pancreas
  • Intestine

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Medicare is regulated by the federal government. However, private insurance companies are allowed to offer various parts of Medicare, and these plans can differ from state to state.

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