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New Asthma Treatment Successful But Costly

Thu, 09/06/2012 - 6:11am

 

Bronchial thermoplasty is expensive, costing anywhere from $15,000 to $20,000 depending on the procedure, and most insurance companies won't pay for it.

The treatment is reserved only for patients for whom medication hasn't worked. Although five-year follow-up studies have found the procedure to be safe and effective, most insurance companies still consider the procedure experimental.

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