Childhood Cancer

Your Child in the Hospital

Deductible medical expenses

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) generally allows you to deduct any reasonable cost for procedures or expenses that are deemed by a doctor to be medically necessary. You may also deduct other expenses with proper documentation, such as meals, parking, transportation to and from the hospital or doctor’s appointments, lodging costs while your child is in the hospital, wheelchairs, acupuncture, and insurance premiums for medical coverage.

To find out what can be deducted, get IRS Publication 502 for the relevant tax year. You can download this publication from the IRS website at or make a copy from a hard-copy master at your local public library. You can contact an IRS representative at (800) 829-1040, Monday through Friday.