The standard cost for TMS depression therapy in a private clinic is $180 per session. It is recommended that a patient have a minimum of 20 sessions and the best outcomes are observed after 30 treatment sessions. Treatment in an outpatient clinic allows people to carry on with their lives, rather than being admitted to a hospital for the duration of the treatment.
Maintenance TMS therapy, which involves TMS treatment being given once every 2 weeks, may be an option to keep patients in remission. In a recent study it was found that maintenance TMS treatment is an option for keeping people with depression off antidepressant medication.
TMS maintenance therapy is recommended as it may help to prevent the likelihood of relapse. Patients who did not receive maintenance TMS therapy were also just as likely to stay off medications, however they seemed to relapse sooner (although this was not significant).
Any maintenance schedule is determined with your doctor and a TMS Medical Officer.
The good news is that if a relapse occurs, then patients who initially responded to TMS treatment are likely to respond again. This is why it is important for a TMS treatment provider to keep in regular contact with patients even when they are no longer receiving treatment.
At present Medicare does not cover the TMS cost. Private health insurance companies also do not cover outpatient TMS cost.
At TMS Australia, payment can be made upfront or via an interest-free payment plan. Our payment plan allows patients to pay for the costs of treatment over 2 years. This means that treatment (for 30 sessions) costs approximately $55 a week. If a patient continues onto maintenance treatment this can be added to the payment plan for an additional $35 per week.
Our payment plan allows patients to pay for the costs of treatment over 2 years.
- Australian depression treatment guidelines
- TMS a drug-free depression treatment
- How to treat severe depression
- How antidepressants work
- Nguyen KH et al. Cost-effectiveness of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation versus antidepressant therapy for treatment-resistant depression. Value in Health 2015; 18: 597-604.
- Philip NS et al. Can medication free, treatment-resistant, depressed patients who initially respond to TMS be maintained off medications? A prospective, 12-month multisite randomized pilot
study. Brain Stimulation 2016; 9:251–257.