People With Medicare
What costs does Medicare cover?
Medicare pays for routine costs of items and services. This can include:
- Hospital room and board. Medicare would pay for this even if you were not in a study.
- Implanting an item that is being tested
- Treating side effects and complications you get from care in the study
What costs will Medicare NOT pay?
Medicare will not pay for:
- The new item or service that the study is testing, unless Medicare would cover it anyway
- Items and services you get for free from the study
- Items or services not used in your direct health care. An example is monthly CAT (Computerized Axial Tomography) scans, if you normally and medically only needed one every six months.
- Deductibles and coinsurances
Sometimes a study will pay some of the costs if Medicare does not. You will not have to pay for the treatment itself. That is paid for as part of the trial.