How much does ESWT cost?
By the time you include
anesthesia fees, facility fees,
physician and technician fees,
and the fees for the actual ESWT
treatment, a course of a ESWT in
the United States commonly runs
$3,000, $5,000, $7,000 USD --
even higher in some areas of the
And this is the cost for
treating one location in the
body; if you have two, three,
four, or more injured sites, the
cost can quickly get
And keep in mind that these
prices are for an older
technology to the one we use, as
the machine we use is so new
that it is not yet approved for
use in the U.S.
pleased to say that even with acquiring the latest in ESWT
technology available, the piezoelectric form of ESWT, we are able to offer ESWT for significantly less
expense than these older, more costly versions. In fact, patients may now have a series of
piezoelectric ESWT treatments for $975 Cdn--a course, which may include
several visits. And secondary sites are even less.
As you might imagine, with
this sort of price difference, U.S. patients frequently find that it's
cheaper to drive or fly to see us here in British Columbia for ESWT
treatment, take a long weekend--or even a week or two--and at the same time,
have a vacation in the safe, beautiful, and sophisticated
Vancouver area, than it is to simply have ESWT
performed in their home location.
In fact, not only have we had
patients come from more than one half of U.S. states--from Maine to
Hawaii and Wisconsin to Texas--we've even had patients come
from as far away as Japan and South Africa.
Not only is the version of
ESWT we have cost effective
compared to U.S. facilities,
a great way to not only help resolve your
painful medical condition and have a tax-deductible vacation at the same
time. (Check with your accountant; different jurisdictions have
different tax regulations on medical costs.)
ESWT is a particularly
inexpensive when compared to alternative treatments such as surgery--and the cost is well worth the expense for those whose pain is otherwise
unresponsive to alternative treatments.
The other large advantage is that
the technology we use is not yet available in the United States or other
treatments performed here do not require anesthesia like many
older machines do. Not only does this drive up the price, but it's
an extra (and unnecessary) stress for your body.
And we might add,
recent research suggests anesthesia can diminish the success rates of ESWT.
Further, when patients are sedated or
anesthetized, it's much harder for the patient to feel how the ESWT is
affecting his or her body.
We use the newest form of
ESWT on the market--the most accurate form of shockwave in the world,
with with an energy spectrum that stretches from low energy to high
energy settings--to provide the most cost-effective, most
accurate, least traumatic, and least painful form of focused ESWT available anywhere in
Is ESWT covered by MSP, extended plans, ICBC,
WCB, or other agencies?
There is good news
on the question of reimbursement. While ESWT is
not currently covered by the Medical Services Plan (MSP), it may be covered by government agencies like WCB, ICBC, RCMP.
Reimbursement decisions are made on a case-by-case basis.
Many extended plans may
the cost. Coverage varies widely, depending upon the
specifics of your extended plan agreement. Some plans cover 100%
of the service; some 80%; some up to a fixed dollar limit. Because
the technology is so new, however, many extended plans don't
specifically mention ESWT in their coverage; much of the time we need to
Our office staff
is well-versed in assisting you in getting reimbursed for
your ESWT services.
How can payment be made?
a variety of forms of payment including Visa, Mastercard, Interac, Cash,
Checks (cheques), and Travelers Checks (Cheques).
also have ESWT (or other medical expenses) financed through Medicard,
a company that finances private medical expenses. Contact our office
for more details.
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