Once the neurologist recommends vagus nerve stimulation therapy as a possible treatment, there’s the question of how much it costs and how to pay for it.
VNS therapy currently costs approximately $20,000, which includes the implant and surgical procedure. The patient will also need regular appointments with his or her neurologist to check the device. However, costs of surgery and care vary in different parts of the country and may increase over time.
Many insurance companies, along with Medicare and most Medicaid carriers, cover the costs of VNS therapy.
People who qualify for VNS therapy but do not have insurance or other funds to pay for the device may qualify for special assistance from the manufacturer of the implant. Under a special program, the company is donating a limited supply of its VNS therapy systems to eligible people. For more information about the special program, contact your neurologist.