If you need a kidney transplant, Medicare will pay the full cost of care for your kidney donor. The recipient’s insurance typically covers all medical services related to your organ donation. You pay nothing for Medicare-approved laboratory tests. In most cases, the hospital gets blood from a blood bank at no charge, and you won’t have to pay for it or replace it.
A transplant is considered successful if it lasts for 36 months without rejection. If your transplant was successful, your Medicare coverage will end 36 months after the month of the transplant.
If you’re only eligible for Medicare because of ESRD, your Medicare coverage will end 36 months after the month of the transplant. You pay: 20% of the Medicare-approved amount.