Ketamine treatment is an “off-label” use of ketamine for the purposes of treating depression, chronic pain, and complex psychiatric disorders. Ketamine can be highly effective at treating conditions like treatment-resistant depression in some individuals. Since ketamine treatments are an alternative to traditional depression and pain management routes, many patients have questions about it.
When considering ketamine treatment for themselves, one common question patients may have is, “how much does ketamine treatment cost?” When it comes to ketamine treatment, the cost will vary based on many factors. Keep reading to find out how much you should expect to pay depending on which condition you are treating.
Ketamine Treatment Cost
Ketamine infusions typically cost between $400 and $2000 per infusion. This exact price will depend on your provider, location, ketamine dose, duration of the infusion, and what condition you are treating with ketamine infusions. The main factor that determines the price of a ketamine infusion is the dosage required per treatment.
Some conditions, such as depression, require lower concentrations of ketamine and are thus less expensive per infusion. Meanwhile, using ketamine to treat chronic pain requires infusions that last several hours, and may be utilized more frequently, resulting in higher cost.
Ketamine Treatment Cost for Depression
When you receive ketamine infusions for depression, most providers will perform a series of 6 treatments over 2 to 3 weeks. Each of these infusions will cost around $400 to $800. It is also important to remember that most providers require an upfront payment for a set of 4 to 6 infusions. You can expect to pay anywhere from $1600 to $4800 for treating depression with ketamine treatments.
Ketamine Treatment Cost for Chronic Pain
Ketamine infusions for treating chronic pain typically cost anywhere from $700 to $2000 per treatment. The price point for treating chronic pain is higher than treating depression because using ketamine infusions for pain typically requires a longer infusion and therefore uses more ketamine. Some doctors might use a single treatment to treat pain, while others may offer a series of 2 to 8 ketamine infusions. Since most providers require the entirety of payment for a set of ketamine infusions upfront, ketamine treatment for chronic pain can range anywhere from $700 to $12,000 for full infusions.
Additionally, many patients occasionally require maintenance treatments to continue receiving the benefits of their initial ketamine treatment. Maintenance treatments cost around $400 to $800 per infusion. Maintenance treatments are used for depression and chronic pain to keep symptoms under control. For many people, maintenance treatments are done once a month or every other month. Some providers may recommend even less frequent or only maintenance treatments on an as-needed basis, depending on how a patient’s condition responds to the initial treatment.
Ketamine Treatment Cost for PTSD, OCD, and Other Conditions
While ketamine treatments are primarily used for treating treatment-resistant depression and for managing chronic pain, there are several conditions that ketamine infusions have been able to improve. Complex psychiatric conditions like PTSD, OCD, and more have improved symptoms from ketamine treatment. Since symptoms of these conditions can vary from person to person, patients may require anywhere from just a few to several dozen treatments to successfully reduce their symptoms.
Ketamine infusions for these conditions typically cost around $400 to $800 per treatment. Currently, there are no standard dosing guidelines for these conditions, so patients are required to work with their providers to determine what works best for their situation.
Does Insurance Cover Ketamine Treatment?
Since using ketamine to treat depression or pain is considered “off-label,” most insurance do not cover treatment. Luckily, most providers that offer ketamine infusions include all aspects of the treatment in the price, so there are no hidden fees or extras you will be asked to pay for. Additionally, some medical providers may be able to take your insurance, so discuss this with your provider if you’re unsure.
Ketamine Treatment for Anxiety, PTSD, Depression, and Chronic Pain
If you’re considering using ketamine treatment to manage your mental health or chronic pain, you need a provider you can trust. Klarisana is a multi-location mental health clinic dedicated to helping patients find ways to manage their treatment-resistant psychiatric conditions. Our providers will work with you to determine if ketamine infusions are right for you and get you started on a plan to manage your mental health or chronic pain. Contact us to get started on your journey toward a healthier life.
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