A common question from potential patients is “will my insurance cover the cost of varicose vein treatment?” They are usually pleasantly surprised to learn that varicose vein treatment, provided it is deemed ‘medically necessary’ is typically covered by most insurance companies. Keep in mind spider vein removal, usually completed for cosmetic reasons, is not normally paid for by insurance, unless resulting from an underlying vein disease, in which case some insurance carriers will cover treatment.
At Advanced Vein & Laser Centre, a vein clinic in Chicago, we use the VenaCure EVLT™, a procedure for varicose vein removal, covered by most insurance carriers including Medicare. To see if your carrier provides coverage, contact your carrier’s customer service department. They will be able to answer questions you have on specific procedure coverage. Coverage for the VenaCure EVLT procedure is subject to the terms of your coverage policy. Co-payments and deductibles may be applied.
Below is the standard criteria most carriers will insist be met before coverage for varicose vein treatment is issued:
- Patients must have symptoms (i.e. swelling, pain, itching, burning, heaviness)
- Patients need to undergo an ultrasound scan to identify venous reflux disease.
- Each insurance company has certain criteria for the minimum size a vein needs to be, in order to qualify for treatment. A general range is 3mm or greater in diameter.
- Some carriers require a patient try conservative therapy (compression, weight-loss, etc.) for six to twelve weeks, to see if their symptoms improve before providing coverage for the VenaCure EVLT procedure.
At Advanced Vein and Laser Centre, we believe patients who need varicose vein treatment in Chicago should be able to get it and not have cost stand in the way. That is why after your initial complimentary consultation at our offices, we will work with you to maximize your insurance benefits and help you start living pain-free! Please give us a call at 847.367.4040 or
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for treatment of varicose veins or spider veins in Chicago.