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Medicare Coverage for Hysterectomies

Medicare covers a hysterectomy depending on the medical reasoning. At least 500,000 women get some form of hysterectomy every year. For women, it’s the 2nd most common procedure within the United States. Certain factors, such as condition severity, may determine the type of hysterectomy.

Is a Hysterectomy Covered by Medicare?

Medicare coverage for a hysterectomy is available when a doctor determines the procedure is necessary to treat a condition. Both Part APart B benefits will cover hysterectomies. Benefits may also pay for lab work, office visits, and diagnostic testing. Beneficiaries must meet Part A and B deductibles before coverage begins. After deductibles, Medicare pays 80% of the allowable costs. Recipients must pay for the remaining 20% of the costs if they don’t have any supplemental insurance.

How Much Does a Hysterectomy Cost with Medicare?

The cost of a hysterectomy for beneficiaries may differ. Generally, both Parts A and B have deductible expenses. Once met, either Part A or B pays 80% of the costs of service. Beneficiaries are responsible for 20% of the cost of services. Aftercare services include office visits, diagnostic testing, and lab work. Part B benefits include most aftercare services, excluding post-op meds.

Will Medicare Pay for a Partial Hysterectomy?

A partial hysterectomy is when the uterus is taken out, but the cervix is not. Medicare will pay for a partial hysterectomy if your doctor finds it medically necessary.

Will Medicare Supplements Cover Hysterectomies?

Medicare Supplements work alongside Part A and B to cover gaps in coverage. As long as Medicare pays for your hysterectomy, your Medicare Supplement plan will cover the cost-sharing.

Will Medicare Part D Cover Prescriptions for Hysterectomies?

Yes, most medications prescribed pre or post-op will be coved by Part D. If you don’t already, consider buying a Part D plan to help with drug expenses.

What Are Some Common Reasons for a Hysterectomy?

There are many common reasons a woman may have a hysterectomy. Medical conditions may vary from moderate to severe. Uterine fibroids are very common and non-cancerous. They’re so common that this is the number 1 reason for a hysterectomy. These tumors grow in the uterus muscle, often causing pain or heavy bleeding. Uterine prolapse often leads to urinary issues such as incontinence. Typically, this is due to weak, stretched ligaments and tissues in the pelvis. Contributing factors may include obesity, menopause, or childbirth.

Number 2 on the list is a common, non-cancerous condition, endometriosis. Notorious for causing painful periods, infertility, and abnormal bleeding. Hyperplasia is a condition when too much estrogen is present. Too much estrogen may cause the lining of the uterus to become too thick, causing abnormal bleeding. Only about 10% of all hysterectomies are due to cancer. Also, of this 10%, are women with ovarian, fallopian tube, or cervical cancer. Women suffering from heavy bleeding, chronic pelvic pain, and chronic inflammatory disease may also consider the procedure.

Will Medicare Cover a Hysterectomy due to Adenomyosis?

Yes, Adenomyosis causes significant pain and extremely heavy bleeding. If your doctor says a hysterectomy is medically necessary to fix Adenomyosis, Medicare will cover it.

How to Get Help with Out of Pocket Costs for Hysterectomies with Medicare

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Lindsay Malzone

Lindsay Malzone is the Medicare expert for MedicareFAQ. She has been working in the Medicare industry since 2017. She is featured in many publications as well as writes regularly for other expert columns regarding Medicare. You can also find her over on our Medicare Channel on YouTube as well as contributing to our Medicare Community on Facebook.


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