“How much does TMS cost?” This is a common question we get by phone at Sacramento TMS . To be honest we are hesitant to just answer. Why? Unfortunately many patients will only consider the cost of TMS and make a quick decision about the therapy. Asking the cost question ignores the cost of depression as well as the potential benefits of TMS. Many of us just ask the cost question with the products and services we buy. That is, we focus only on cost and forget about the potential effectiveness of the product.
Consider your car. If cost were the only factor what would you be driving? If cost were the only factor for us all we might be driving the same car! However cost is not everything. We consider safety, size, styling, resale and other factors when making a purchase. The effectiveness of the vehicle is important and perhaps as important as the sticker price.
I suggest a similar calculation with Sacramento TMS, which incorporates both cost and benefit. It is the same calculation that health economic analysts use when calculating cost effectiveness for new medical treatments. They calculate not only the cost of the intervention but also the cost savings incurred by the intervention, as patients get better. This is called “cost effectiveness.”
How would reducing the costs of depression result in savings for you? If your depression was 50% improved, what would be different about your life on a day-to-day basis? How about remission? In our Sacramento TMS consultation these are some of the most important questions I ask. When considering cost it is just as important to consider how your life will change for the better with Sacramento TMS .
So for those of you who are still reading, you are still likely wondering about the “sticker price” of this procedure. Sessions cost $350 to $600 depending on the area of the country you live in. This puts the cost of Sacramento TMS treatment between $7000 and $12000 depending on the number of sessions required to treat your depression. On average most individuals require 20 to 30 sessions in the acute phase of treatment. The number of sessions needed to maintain a response or keep depression in remission can vary. Can you put a monetary cost on your depression? What about the benefits if you recover from depression? If so, Sacramento TMS may actually result in a savings.