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!
Blue light treatment is covered for actinic keratoses
Blue light is often used to treat precancerous lesions called actinic keratoses. This is considered a medical condition and most insurances cover this procedure.
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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.