Does Medicare Cover Hernia Surgery?

Christian Worstell
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  • Does Medicare cover hernia surgery? Find out what you need to know about your Medicare coverage so that you don't pay more for your procedure than you need to.

Medicare covers hernia surgery if you experience a hernia that cannot be treated without surgery. Whether or not you will receive coverage through Medicare Part A or Medicare Part B depends on whether you were operated on in the hospital or if you arranged the surgery at an outpatient facility.  

If you're enrolled in a Medicare Supplement (Medigap) plan alongside your Original Medicare (Part A and Part B) coverage, your Medigap plan could help pay for some of your Medicare hernia surgery costs such as copays, coinsurance, the Part A deductible and more.

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What Is the Cost of a Hernia Surgery? 

The cost of your procedure may vary from one facility to the next. Other contributing factors that can impact the price of your surgery include the type of hernia being fixed, the health care provider that you select and the specific procedure required.

Hernia surgery can be generally less expensive if you arrange to have the procedure performed in an outpatient facility as opposed to an inpatient setting.

Where Is the Best Place to Perform a Hernia Surgery?  

The average cost of a hernia surgery performed at an outpatient facility can average around $4,000 for Medicare beneficiaries in 2023.

If at all possible, it is much more beneficial to have these types of surgeries performed outside of the hospital. You don't need an extended stay for recovery and can usually go home the same day, which means you won’t need to stay at a hospital while you're healing.  

Does Medicare Require Prior Authorization for Surgery? 

This depends solely on the type of plan you're enrolled in. If you're covered by Medicare Part A or B, you won't need preauthorization for your procedure so long as you arrange it through doctors and health care providers that are approved by Medicare. If you're enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan, you might need to get your procedure approved through your insurance company. Check the details of your plan to see if you need to have it approved beforehand so that you don't have any unneeded billing surprises. 

Will a Medigap Policy Reduce the Cost of a Hernia Surgery? 

While Medicare does cover hernia surgery, you're still required to pay copays and deductibles for most expenses you incur. This copayment can be a substantial amount.

A Medicare supplement plan, otherwise known as a Medigap policy, can certainly help you cover those out-of-pocket expenses. Many people enroll for Medigap coverage for the purpose of being able to afford needed procedures without breaking the bank. 

Christian Worstell
About the Author

Christian Worstell is a senior Medicare and health insurance writer with He is also a licensed health insurance agent. Christian is well-known in the insurance industry for the thousands of educational articles he’s written, helping Americans better understand their health insurance and Medicare coverage.

Christian’s work as a Medicare expert has appeared in several top-tier and trade news outlets including Forbes, MarketWatch, WebMD and Yahoo! Finance.

While at HelpAdvisor, Christian has written hundreds of articles that teach Medicare beneficiaries the best practices for navigating Medicare. His articles are read by thousands of older Americans each month. By better understanding their health care coverage, readers may hopefully learn how to limit their out-of-pocket Medicare spending and access quality medical care.

Christian’s passion for his role stems from his desire to make a difference in the senior community. He strongly believes that the more beneficiaries know about their Medicare coverage, the better their overall health and wellness is as a result.

A current resident of Raleigh, Christian is a graduate of Shippensburg University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. You can find Christian’s most recent articles in our blog.

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