Not everyone qualifies for transcranial magnetic stimulation, but at TMS Augusta we want you to receive our Advanced TMS if the therapy is right for you.
We know suffering from depression is expensive! The personal cost is high as is depression’s impact on the abilities of our patients to work, and to otherwise contribute to their families, and the community.
Price, Cost, and Value
Psychiatric treatment looks expensive at first, but it doesn’t cost anything compared to being sick!
Many people have told us how important it has been for them to carefully consider the big picture when it comes to the expenses involved in all forms of psychiatric treatment. They’ve said articles such as this one advanced their understanding of what was important to them, and how to avoid the extremely high cost of remaining depressed.
We will work with you as you review the possibility of health insurance coverage for TMS. We will help you explore alternative payment options.
Your second step is making an appointment for a TMS Qualification Assessment!
If you’re not already a patient in our practice, your second step is to call our office for a TMS Qualification Assessment – tell us you’re interested in TMS – this initial discussion will help us begin to find out if TMS might be right for you.
If you’re already a patient in our practice, and interested in TMS, please let us know.
Your first step is to read this website…
We want you to have enough information about magnetic stimulation therapy to make a well informed decision. Please watch the videos, and read enough to be well informed. There are many videos about NeuroStar TMS on YouTube, and many articles on the internet in addition to the information here.
Please pay particular attention to the page called I Want TMS. It contains information about how to begin the process to see if you qualify for our magnetic brain stimulation treatment. No therapy is right for everyone, but depression can be very successfully treated with TMS.
TMS is a commitment!
This treatment isn’t for everyone, but we want you to have TMS if it’s right for you.
Please call us if you have any questions, and can’t find the answers. We love to talk about TMS, and have access to a lot more information than we’ve published here.
BC/BS of Georgia & BC/BS of South Carolina sometimes cover part of the price of TMS Therapy.
We are working to get all insurance companies to cover TMS. It is to their advantage to do so, as TMS is a long-term, cost effective treatment. As is usually the case, physicians, patients, and families understand the value of excellent treatment long before insurance companies are forced to come around. Still, across the nation, insurance coverage for TMS is expanding as its value becomes more widely appreciated.
You might talk to your health insurance company about TMS. We will be happy to give you the procedure codes you need in order to ask them about their coverage of magnetic brain stimulation therapy.
More and more, insurance companies doing business in Georgia are approving TMS for depression because they understand that this FDA approved since 2008 treatment works, and because they know that it saves them money in the long run.
At TMS Augusta, our commitment is to help you as you navigate the insurance claims process. We want you to maximize your possibility of obtaining coverage for your treatment. We also understand that we are not the insurance company’s customer. You are, and they are interested in keeping your business. They listen much more to you than us.
If TMS therapy is right for you, some insurance companies are covering the treatment. Regardless of insurance coverage, schedule your consultation today so we may begin to explore your treatment options, and evaluate your coverage.
Employer Flexible Savings Accounts and/or Healthcare Savings Accounts
These plans allow people who have them to allocate their earnings to pay for qualified medical expenses, particularly expenses which their health plan does not cover. Account funds are not subject to Federal, State, and FICA taxes, resulting in substantial tax savings. Consult your employer and/or tax advisory for details concerning your situation.
TMS patients sometimes use as loan and funding sources
- Unsecured Bank Loan
- 401k Loan
- Home Equity Loan
- Personal Loans & Family Support
- Credit cards such as Visa
Many people find their families to be surprisingly financially supportive of TMS Therapy, particularly once they understand that transcranial magnetic stimulation therapy often helps people who have failed to respond to repetitive trials of other forms of therapy.
We want to answer whatever questions patients and their families have as they consider this cutting edge treatment option for removing the crippling symptoms of depression, and allowing depressed people to have a reasonable chance at a happy, productive life.
Our patients are excited about the hope which TMS offers them, and they should be. It can be a ticket back to life.
One More Thing
Right this minute get busy with a little homework assignment.
Write down everything that comes to mind as you consider what depression has already cost you. Treatment over the years? Related physical illnesses and complaints? Lost work days? Decreased productivity at work? Missing your son’s wedding? The job promotion you should have gotten but were too depressed to ask for?
Write down everything you can think of.
Some people find themselves making additions to their list as they ponder for several days the cost of depression.
As you invest some time with this project you’ll see even more clearly what the true cost of depression has been in your life. Try to assign monetary values to all these costs.
Think too about what you anticipate the cost of depression to be if it continues for another decade, or two, or three. For many people depression is a chronic illness, with many episodes. The best way to deal with depression is to put it in full remission, and keep it there.
People who do this homework find it enlightening…