Does Medicare pay for home hemodialysis?

Medicare pays for part of the cost and training for home hemodialysis. If you are 65 or older or disabled, you should already have Medicare. You can also get Medicare at any age if you have kidney failure and you or your spouse or parent worked long enough to qualify for Social Security.

There are other sources that help pay for dialysis. Check with the social worker at your dialysis center. He or she can also discuss any plumbing or wiring changes or additional costs that may occur with home hemodialysis.

If you have an employer group health plan, it will be the primary coverage for the first 30 months of your treatment, with Medicare as your secondary insurer. After those first 30 months, Medicare will become your primary insurance.

Continue Learning about Dialysis


Healthy kidneys remove waste from your blood and produce hormones your body needs. If your kidneys fail, you either need a kidney transplant or dialysis. Dialysis is a procedure that uses a machine to perform many of the functions ...

of the kidney. Dialysis can help prevent problems resulting from kidney failure and it allows people with kidney failure to live productive lives. Dialysis filters your blood, and like a health kidney, removes waste from your blood. Patients using dialysis are also required to follow a strict diet in order to stay healthy. There are two types of dialysis: hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis. There are different advantages and disadvantages with both hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis. Talk to your doctor about which type of dialysis would work better for you.

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