Blood Processing and Handling with Medicare

Getting the right amount and right kind of blood can be a true life saver when it is necessary, though the usage of blood can become very expensive. When you have Medicare you get coverage for the necessity of blood in any given situation and the processing and handling of blood as well. In respect to the blood processing and handling by Medicare the following is true.

Hospitals generally charge for blood processing and handling, whether the blood is donated or purchased. Medicare Part A covers this service for an inpatient. Medicare Part B covers this service for an outpatient. Either way, you get coverage as long as you have the required Medicare coverage.

In 2011, You pay a copayment for blood processing and handling services for every unit of blood you get as a hospital outpatient. As an inpatient there is not a fee as the services is completely covered by the Medicare coverage that you have.

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