Before we confirm your patient’s appointment, MD Anderson patient access specialists will collect insurance information, verify benefits and seek financial authorization. Learn more about the insurance plans accepted by MD Anderson.
We work with all patients to help them receive full insurance benefits under their plan. Patients are responsible for meeting insurance requirements, especially if enrolled in a managed care plan.
If a patient's plan doesn't cover treatment, the patient may ask the insurance company if it will cover an MD Anderson second opinion or consultation. Patients also may self-pay.
Patients who pay for their own care will be asked to pay an initial deposit determined by the care center, based on the type of cancer. The deposit is an estimate only; actual charges may be higher or lower.
Patients sponsored by embassies or corporations must have a valid letter of guarantee prior to receiving services; the embassy will be billed directly.
Patients paying for their own care may be eligible for a discount. For consideration, charge estimates must be paid in advance and any billed amounts must be paid timely. Accounts that are in collections are not eligible for a discount. Our Patient Access Specialists are available to assist patients with this matter.
MD Anderson's Financial Assistance Program staff evaluates each patient's situation to determine eligibility for need-based financial assistance. Factors include U.S. citizenship, Texas residency and financial status.
If the patient meets Texas residency requirements but is uninsured or unable to pay for services, a Supplemental Financial Assistance application may be provided.