Healthcare Cost

How Much Can Treatment for an Eating Disorder Cost without Insurance?

Sophie Wei
Sophie Wei9 Mar 2023
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The cost of treating an eating disorder varies drastically based on several factors. These factors include whether or not hospitalization is required, insurance status, type of eating disorder, and the types of clinicians necessary for your treatment. Typically, individuals will need a team of providers for eating disorder treatment. Programs can cost anywhere from $30,000-$40,000 per month for inpatient eating disorder treatment.

Therapy Options

Based on the severity of your condition, there are several therapeutic options for treating an eating disorder. For medically stable individuals, outpatient programs can be considered. These programs usually consist of going to a treatment facility a few times a week but being able to still live at home. These are typically cheaper than other options.

Inpatient hospital treatment is recommended for individuals who are not medically stable and require more intensive medical treatment. Inpatient treatments are the most expensive option but might be mandatory for specific individuals. 

If an individual does not meet the qualifications for hospitalization but still requires daily medical support, a residential facility can be a great option. These programs offer 24/7 assistance without hospital-level costs. The following chart outlines the different types of therapy locations and their respective costs. 

Cost of Different Therapy Locations

Type of LocationCost Duration
Inpatient Stay $19,000 2 weeks
Residential facility $10,000 for 30-day stay 45-60 days
Day Treatment Programs$7,000-10,000 for a 6-week period3-7 days a week for 3-5 hours each day 

Consultation Costs From Different Providers

Regardless of what type of facility you choose, there are a number of providers that will be necessary for your treatment. The following outlines common psychotherapy practitioners that will help you recover. 

Common Providers for Eating Disorder Treatment Cost Therapy Provided
Clinical Psychologist $75 to $200+Psychotherapy and Medication Monitoring
Mental Health Social Workers $100-$200 per sessionPsychotherapy 
Dieticians $100-$200 Nutritional Counseling 
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Sophie Wei

Sophie is a 2024 Pharm D. candidate studying pharmacy at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. She has a passion for healthcare and writing and hopes to make meaningful contributions to healthcare transparency and accessibility. In her free time, she likes to take care of her houseplants, cook, and hang out with her cat.

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