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Is Ketamine Infusion Therapy covered by insurance?


shutterstock_93259549-300x267 Is Ketamine Infusion Therapy covered by insurance? Los Angeles Southern CaliforniaKetamine Therapy is now increasingly accepted as a viable treatment for patients of major depressive disorders and other mental health and pain related conditions.

Researchers have favored Ketamine Infusion Therapy over conventional antidepressants in many cases, and there is a broader view developing in the medical community now that ketamine deserves to be considered as a mainstream procedure to address symptoms of depression.

Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles, led by the wonderful and astute Dr. Steven L Mandel, is a state of the art practice providing Ketamine Therapy in a safe and professional in-office environment. During the initial consultation, Dr. Mandel will educate the patient about various aspects of ketamine, and address their questions on insurance. He provides ketamine infusion treatments to patients in Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, California, and surrounding locations and other cities across the landscape.

 

Insurance Possibility

Dr. Mandel and his team will clearly advise patients on issues related to payment, financing and insurance possibility for Ketamine Infusion Therapy. With regard to insurance, the basic limitation until now is that Ketamine Therapy has not been approved by the FDA. The use of ketamine for treating major depressive disorders is currently off-label and off-patent.

As a result, the opportunity for extensive clinical trials to demonstrate the safety and efficacy of Ketamine Infusion Therapy is very limited at present. Health insurance companies traditionally want to deny coverage for ketamine treatments for the symptoms of depression. Therefore, patients should be made aware that insurance reimbursement is unlikely for treatment.

However, patients should also note that individual insurance plans can significantly vary. Therefore, it is a good idea to contact the insurance company and discuss with them about the possibility of coverage for Ketamine Therapy to treat the symptoms of depression.

 

Safe and Proven Procedure

Ketamine was synthesized more than half a century ago, and has been in medical use since 1970. In fact, it is the most widely used anesthetic in the world for many years, and a lot of information, data, patient response, and results are available over the decades about the safety and efficacy of Ketamine Therapy.

Compared to traditional antidepressants, ketamine has been used on a much larger population for a much longer period of time – with successful outcomes and without any apparent long term side effects. Therefore, logically, insurance companies have little or no justification not to pay for Ketamine Infusion Therapy.

 

Credibility of Ketamine Treatment

Patients should make an objective assessment, and should ideally not get influenced by the fact that Ketamine Therapy is not covered by health insurance. Underlying reasons for this could be that pharma companies do not want to see ketamine used therapeutically, and insurance companies do not want to accept ketamine as a credible treatment for major depressive disorders.

Vested interests of pharma and insurance companies, if any, should not become a hurdle in the way of patients receiving the benefits of Ketamine Infusion Therapy and getting sustainable relief from their symptoms of depression. The fantastic and focused Dr. Mandel receives patients from Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, California, and nearby areas for ketamine infusion treatments.

For more information about treatments for depression, bipolar, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), fibromyalgia, pain syndromes and other conditions contact us at the Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles in Southern California (Orange County) by clicking here or calling  310-270-0625 

Treating patients from LA, Beverly Hills, Orange County, San Diego, Palm Springs, San Francisco, Sacramento,CA,  Las Vegas, NV and many other cities from west to east coast.

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