Is blue light treatment ever covered by insurance?
Blue Light Therapy Price?
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Blue light treatment
Between $40 to $50 per treatment. Some offices sell a package deal, including $350 for ten sessions. However, if Levulan is added, easily add $100 per treatment. Discuss your options with the dermatologist.
Blue light therapy insurance
This treatment is nearly always covered if it is for actinic ( solar) keratoses. Occasionally it is covered for acne. It is never covered for photoaging.
Cost for blue light alone is around $50 in our area of Tidewater. Since treatment using the Blue Light for acne is repetitive to work: most dermatologists will sell a package. It is recommended to treat twice a week for a month or once a week for two months. Packages in our office cost $350 for eight treatments.
Using Levulan, which does make the process more effective, we have to add $160 to pay for the Kerastick. Unfortunately, the price of the Kerastick has risen sharply over the past year or so. In fact, faster than I realized. In fact insurance has been re-imbursing our office $22 below are cost. Where are the generic drug companies when you need them!
Costs of treatments vary greatly
Here in California, the cost of Blu-U light treatments range from $125 to $150 per treatment when used as a stand alone treatment. In our practice, we use the Blu-U light to compliment the existing treatment plan wherein the Blu-U treatments are bonused into the care plan.
BTW, Levulan itself generates quite an expense because of the cost of the product to the practitioner. In our practice, a care plan that involves Levulan also includes Blu-U treatments and/or lasers as well as check ups.
These types of treatments are very rarely covered by insurance plans unless the patient has flex spending options.
Although cost of treatments is a big priority when looking for a treatment plan/practitioner, be also concerned with the protocols, expected outcomes, experience, after care, etc.
Web reference: http://www.celibre.com/acne.aspx
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