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Phototherapy Cost With and Without Insurance - in 2024

Alexandra Thompson
Alexandra Thompson1 Jan 2024
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Phototherapy can be done in-office or at home and requires multiple sessions to see results. However, depending on the condition, you're treating and the number of sessions, phototherapy treatment can cost $200 to $21,000 per year.   

Cost of Phototherapy Treatment   

Phototherapy is a medical treatment that uses natural or artificial light to treat conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, and seasonal affective disorder (SAD). The cost of phototherapy treatment depends on several factors, including the type of treatment and severity of your condition. Phototherapy can be done at home or in-office and can cost anywhere from $200 dollars to $21,000 per year. In-office treatments are typically covered by private insurance plans as well as Medicaid and medicare. However, at-home treatments are less likely to be covered by insurance and can be more expensive due to machine costs.  

At-Home vs. In-Office Cost Comparison 

Type of Treatment Average Cost Per Year 
At-Home Phototherapy Unit $4,590
In-Office Phototherapy Treatment $21,271 

Source: UT Southwestern Medical Center 

About Phototherapy Treatment  

Phototherapy utilizes natural and artificial light to improve conditions such as psoriasis, vitiligo, jaundice, mood and sleep disorders, cancer, precancers, and skin-related side effects from cancer. Several types of phototherapy treatment involve fluorescent light, halogen light, sunlight, or light emitting diodes (LEDs).  

Source: Very Well Health

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