The Cost of Botox as a Migraine Treatment

Migralicious Community Member August 08, 2008
  • I knew it was expensive, but $8011 for ONE Botox treatment?

     

    Several months ago I had Botox injected by a reputable migraine specialist in Seattle. In her regular exam room, she injected Botox in my face, head, neck, and back. It took about fifteen minutes, and burned, but was endurable.  Alas, it did nothing for my migraines (though I did get a lot of nasty neck cramps for the next two months). But the real pain came with the bill.

     

    $5730  Botox Serum  (adjusted to $2978 by BlueCross)

    $1481  "Surgery" hospital charge  (adjusted to $405)

    $400    Physician "surgery" charge  (adjusted to $86.37)

    $400    Physician "surgery" charge  (adjusted to $177.98)

     

    $8011  Total, which after adjustments and coinsurance = $729.61

     

    Thank goodness I pay $300 a month for health insurance.

    What a travesty our health care system is.

     

     

9 Comments
  • tonyproz
    Oct. 17, 2014

    I HAD INJECTIONS BACK IN 2004, AND IT COST ME $2000.  NOW AFTER THE FDA HAS APPROVED THIS PROCEDURE FOR MIGRAINES I CONTACTED MY INSURANCE COMPANY TO HAVE IT PRE-APPROVED.  IT WAS APPROVED.  SO I WENT THROUGH WITH THE PROCEDURE.  I WENT 28 DAYS WITHOUT A MIGRAINE: THE LONGEST I HAVE GONE IN OVER 25 YEARS.  THEN I GOT THE BILL: $12,000...

    RHMLucky777

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    I HAD INJECTIONS BACK IN 2004, AND IT COST ME $2000.  NOW AFTER THE FDA HAS APPROVED THIS PROCEDURE FOR MIGRAINES I CONTACTED MY INSURANCE COMPANY TO HAVE IT PRE-APPROVED.  IT WAS APPROVED.  SO I WENT THROUGH WITH THE PROCEDURE.  I WENT 28 DAYS WITHOUT A MIGRAINE: THE LONGEST I HAVE GONE IN OVER 25 YEARS.  THEN I GOT THE BILL: $12,000 FOR THE PHARMACY ALONE!  I WILL REPEAT SO THAT YOU KNOW THERE IS NO TYPO - $12,000.  THEN I GOT ANOTHER BILL FOR THE DOCTOR'S INJECTING THE BOTOX - $310.  MY INSURANCE COMPANY PAID $5,000.  I AM ON PERMANENT DISABILITY RETIREMENT FOR THREE ISSUES: CHRONIC DAILY MIGRIANE IS ONE OF THEM.  WHAT IS A GUY TO DO?  YOU KNOW?  HOW CAN IT HAVE GONE UP 600% IN TEN YEARS?  I HAVE ASKED A DERMATOLOGIST TO INJECT BUT SHE SAYS SHE IS NOT TRAINED IN MIGRAINE TREATMENT USING BOTOX.  SO I WILL BE DOING MORE RESEARCH.

     

    TONY IN JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA

    • Teri Robert
      Health Guide
      Oct. 18, 2014

      Tony,

       

      Have you discussed this with your doctor and insurance company? That price is absurd.

       

      I get Botox injections every three monhts. My doctor, as most doctors who inject Botox for chronic migraine, keeps a supply of Botox at the clinic. The entire charge for my Botox injections is less than $3,000.

       

      Teri

  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Oct. 01, 2008

    I recently underwent botox on both sides of my neck one side per week as well as having rhisomoty on both sides as well as 2 spots on my back. So far all the treatments has done was increase the migraines in frequency and duration. The only relief I have ever gotten for the pain has been Nubain/ Compazine injections only now the nuerologist has taken that away....

    RHMLucky777

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    I recently underwent botox on both sides of my neck one side per week as well as having rhisomoty on both sides as well as 2 spots on my back. So far all the treatments has done was increase the migraines in frequency and duration. The only relief I have ever gotten for the pain has been Nubain/ Compazine injections only now the nuerologist has taken that away. I am allergic to the ergotomines. torodol, stadol, morphine. Have tried all the triptans with no success. I have run the gamut on preventatives neuronton, lyrica, topomaxm antidepressents, xanax, flexeril. Fortunately my insurance covers everything. I got rid of the migraines for 6 years by taking magnesium but they returned after i has pertussus and was on prednisome 30 days. (the "change" occured at the same time) whle i continue taking the magnesium. I also am looking for different specialist in the midwest.

  • Karen
    Aug. 16, 2008

    I'm glad BOTOX is working for you too.  I get injections every 10 weeks and couldn't function without it.  The cost issue was overwhelming until I was able to go through a pharmacutical (sp?) company to order BOTOX directly through them at a much cheaper rate (approx. $80 each every 2 months).  They ship it to my physician, who then uses...

    RHMLucky777

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    I'm glad BOTOX is working for you too.  I get injections every 10 weeks and couldn't function without it.  The cost issue was overwhelming until I was able to go through a pharmacutical (sp?) company to order BOTOX directly through them at a much cheaper rate (approx. $80 each every 2 months).  They ship it to my physician, who then uses it on me.  THIS SAVES ALOT OF MONEY!  I think the mark up is extreme any time it exchanges hands, so this takes out the middle man.  My physician made no qualms about it, but I know it cut into his profit margin; that makes him a hero in my pain free eyes!  Call your Personell Director to see if you can get the number for the company, mine is Innoviant, they help employees manage their benefits to the fullest, it's a great asset.  (My employer just switched to it this year.)  Innoviant then works with a company called Medmark, who has also been awesome.  I don't know who you would go through, but again the benefits manager could help.  If they don't have one push for it with other employees.  It's alot of jumping through hoops at first, but well worth it.  

     

    I hope this helps, no one should have to go broke to stay painfree and employed!

     

    Karen

  • ottelia
    Aug. 14, 2008

    Wow, that seems really high.  I got an injection today for $350.00.  I get them every 6-9 months from a dermatologist who knows what he's doing.  He has also done my neck, again, $350. Botox doesn't stop the all the really bad ones, but I can tell it works when I don't wake up with one in the a.m. with the intense forehead pain.  My derm...

    RHMLucky777

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    Wow, that seems really high.  I got an injection today for $350.00.  I get them every 6-9 months from a dermatologist who knows what he's doing.  He has also done my neck, again, $350. Botox doesn't stop the all the really bad ones, but I can tell it works when I don't wake up with one in the a.m. with the intense forehead pain.  My derm says, 'There are just so many muscles and we learn where they all are."   He does caution against the popular 'botox parties' that sometime spring up in houses.  Good luck with your injections.  They do burn and sting for a while but it goes away.

     

    Ottelia

     

     

  • Anonymous
    Christine
    Aug. 14, 2008

    I just got Botox for migraine this week and it cost me $651 ($500 to meet my deductible and 20% of the cost of the remaining balance). Without insurance it would cost $1250.

     

    I'd say over $8000 was too high. One thing to consider is, did they do it in a hospital? That would rachet up the price. Botox can be done in a doctor's office.

     

    • Migralicious
      Aug. 14, 2008

      Yes, that definitely seems more appropriate! I did not have the procedure in a main hospital building; it was in a special Headache Clinic that is affiliated with the premiere hospital complex here in Seattle. The building is all different kinds of private practices etc, so I was not expecting main hospital "surgery charges", nor that my neurologist would charge...

      RHMLucky777

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      Yes, that definitely seems more appropriate! I did not have the procedure in a main hospital building; it was in a special Headache Clinic that is affiliated with the premiere hospital complex here in Seattle. The building is all different kinds of private practices etc, so I was not expecting main hospital "surgery charges", nor that my neurologist would charge so much for the shots, nor that they would try to upcharge SO much for the Botox serum. I wanted to post this grievous abuse of my trust so that others would know to get the financial facts straight BEFORE having any procedure! I thought that i was fine because I had jumped through endless hoops to get the procedure covered by my insurance (BOY am I glad I did though!)

       

      Needless to say I've fired that doc, and am shopping for someone more pleasant to be around and who doesn't grossly overcharge for everything :(

  • Nancy Harris Bonk
    Aug. 11, 2008

    Hello, and welcome to MyMigraineConnection.com!

     

    Botox can be used to treat Migraine and headache disorders as well as non-medical issues. Recent studies have shown have shown botox may be an effective treatment for chronic Migraines.

     

    Having said that, "$8011 for ONE Botox treatment" does seem high. And you are right,...

    RHMLucky777

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    Hello, and welcome to MyMigraineConnection.com!

     

    Botox can be used to treat Migraine and headache disorders as well as non-medical issues. Recent studies have shown have shown botox may be an effective treatment for chronic Migraines.

     

    Having said that, "$8011 for ONE Botox treatment" does seem high. And you are right, health care in this country is in crisis.

     

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  • jst
    jst
    Aug. 10, 2008

    My daughter's trigger point injections this spring in NC ran $2000-$3000 depending on the # of injections she received (20-45).  I agree about our "health care system".  Price was NEVER mentioned (though we would have paid almost ANYTHING)

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