Does health insurance cover lung transplant centers?


Quick Answer

Health insurance covers lung transplant centers under certain conditions and only at approved lung transplant centers. For example, Medicare requires that it be performed at facilities that they have approved for that purpose. Therefore, once a lung transfer center is approved by Medicare they cover some costs.

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In order to be approved by Medicare, a lung transplant center must meet certain minimum criteria including those that ensure the safety of the patient. These criteria include medical experts and equipment for the purpose. The medical practitioners that needs to be involved in the process in order to ensure that the transplant is successful includes a transplant pulmonologist, a transplant surgeon, a thoracic surgeon, a transplant nurse coordinator and a social worker. These experts all have different tasks to perform before, during and after the transplant takes place.

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