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Anyone had AETNA cover ESWT?

Posted by ross on 8/06/01 at 22:48 (055720)

Has anyone gotten AETNA to cover ESWT? I called 'em 6 months ago and they said 'no'. I'd be interested in hearing from any doc or patient who has tried.

Also, I've seen from reading posts that this procedure costs roughly 4000-5000 bucks. Does this include the anethesia and outpatient fee as well as the procedure? Hell, I'll pay it myself if thats what it costs for the whole deal. It's a small price to pay to be able to walk.

Re: Anyone had AETNA cover ESWT?

Dr. Zuckerman on 8/07/01 at 06:24 (055732)

If you are talking about Aetna US healthcare then no coverage. The cost for the orbasone ESWT in my office is $2500 for all treatment needed. The ocst for the ossatron which is done in an ASC is about 6-7 thousand. We can do this at a much lower cost due to the in office use of the orbasone

Re: Anyone had AETNA cover ESWT?

PeteA on 8/07/01 at 16:44 (055819)

Dr. Z
Is this cost include both feet if needed? I am one of those whom hav PF in both feet.

Thanks

Re: Anyone had AETNA cover ESWT?

Dr. Zuckerman on 8/07/01 at 20:45 (055847)

All treatments and aftercare for two feet is $3500

Re: Anyone had AETNA cover ESWT?

Sadhan Mahanta on 8/07/01 at hrmin (055858)

Hello Ross
Most of the Insurance don't cover ESWT Tx as it is very new procedure.
I was told by my ESWT Dr. that it will be $1700 for each foot and hospital
charge $2500 for anesthesia. So I went to TORONTO for ESWT Tx. There it
cost only $300 for both feet,& they do without anesthesia. you may try there ,they prefer for 3-4 visits. You Can try Mon-Wed-Fri TX.
Hey another clue is $300 canadian doller is $210 American doller.
Bset of luck.
Sadhan

Re: Anyone had AETNA cover ESWT? *ATTN: Sadhan*

Lisa C on 8/08/01 at 00:14 (055875)

Hi Sadhan,
Was your treatment successful? How many treatments did you have? Is it $300 per treatment or $300 for all 4 treatments? THank you for sharing your information with us. If it all went well maybe you could tell us the name of the Dr. too!

Re: Anyone had AETNA cover ESWT?

PeteA on 8/08/01 at 08:14 (055894)

Hello Sadhan,

Can you recommend your docter and contact information?

Thank you,

Re: Anyone had AETNA cover ESWT? *ATTN: Sadhan*

Genelle C. on 8/13/01 at hrmin (056589)

I sure would like this info too. Where in Canada. WHO? And how long did it take to get scheduled?
Thanks. GC

Re: Anyone had AETNA cover ESWT?

Dr. Zuckerman on 8/07/01 at 06:24 (055732)

If you are talking about Aetna US healthcare then no coverage. The cost for the orbasone ESWT in my office is $2500 for all treatment needed. The ocst for the ossatron which is done in an ASC is about 6-7 thousand. We can do this at a much lower cost due to the in office use of the orbasone

Re: Anyone had AETNA cover ESWT?

PeteA on 8/07/01 at 16:44 (055819)

Dr. Z
Is this cost include both feet if needed? I am one of those whom hav PF in both feet.

Thanks

Re: Anyone had AETNA cover ESWT?

Dr. Zuckerman on 8/07/01 at 20:45 (055847)

All treatments and aftercare for two feet is $3500

Re: Anyone had AETNA cover ESWT?

Sadhan Mahanta on 8/07/01 at hrmin (055858)

Hello Ross
Most of the Insurance don't cover ESWT Tx as it is very new procedure.
I was told by my ESWT Dr. that it will be $1700 for each foot and hospital
charge $2500 for anesthesia. So I went to TORONTO for ESWT Tx. There it
cost only $300 for both feet,& they do without anesthesia. you may try there ,they prefer for 3-4 visits. You Can try Mon-Wed-Fri TX.
Hey another clue is $300 canadian doller is $210 American doller.
Bset of luck.
Sadhan

Re: Anyone had AETNA cover ESWT? *ATTN: Sadhan*

Lisa C on 8/08/01 at 00:14 (055875)

Hi Sadhan,
Was your treatment successful? How many treatments did you have? Is it $300 per treatment or $300 for all 4 treatments? THank you for sharing your information with us. If it all went well maybe you could tell us the name of the Dr. too!

Re: Anyone had AETNA cover ESWT?

PeteA on 8/08/01 at 08:14 (055894)

Hello Sadhan,

Can you recommend your docter and contact information?

Thank you,

Re: Anyone had AETNA cover ESWT? *ATTN: Sadhan*

Genelle C. on 8/13/01 at hrmin (056589)

I sure would like this info too. Where in Canada. WHO? And how long did it take to get scheduled?
Thanks. GC