Are you thinking of having treatment for spider veins, varicose veins or another vein condition? If you’re wondering whether your varicose vein treatment is covered by Medicare or if you’re eligible for another type of rebate for your vein treatment, that depends on a variety of factors, including the type of vein, its size, severity and the health risks it presents. When you entrust your vein treatment to Vein Care in Melbourne, your doctor will discuss with the approximate treatment costs with you and advise you on whether your treatment is covered by Medicare or your private health insurer.

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Having provided hundreds of varicose vein treatments, we’ve been asked many questions by patients. Here are three of our most asked questions about vein treatments and rebates.

 

Does Medicare Pay for Spider Vein Treatment?

No, Medicare and private health funds don’t cover spider vein treatment as it’s considered to be a cosmetic vein treatment. Only vein treatments that are deemed medically necessary are covered by Medicare. Our microsclerotherapy treatments (the most effective treatment for spider veins) are very cost-effective and can help you regain your self-confidence if your self-esteem has suffered due to developing spider veins on your face or legs.

This proven medical solution doesn’t require an anaesthetic and involves injecting a sclerosant solution into the affected veins. Results are usually noticed in just a few weeks, plus recovery times are fast, with minor discomfort at the point of injection the most adverse reaction that patients experience. Vein Care is a leading provider of microsclerotherapy in Melbourne, and we’re happy to answer any questions you may have about our spider vein treatments and the costs involved.

 

Are Varicose Veins Covered by Medicare?

Varicose veins may be covered by Medicare, depending on whether it’s considered medically necessary. Generally speaking, Medicare provides rebates for the treatment of varicose veins which are 2.5mm or larger in diameter.

If your varicose vein treatment is covered by Medicare, as it’s an outpatient procedure it will fall under Part B, which means Medicare will pay the majority of the cost (80% at the time of writing) and you’ll only have to pay a small deductible. You may also be eligible for the Medicare safety net, depending on the type of vein treatment required.

 

What Vein Treatments Are Covered by Medicare and Private Insurers?

The most common vein treatments covered by Medicare and private health insurance providers are varicose vein treatments for veins 2.5mm or larger in diameter and treatments for deep vein thrombosis (DVT), which is a serious vein condition that can prove fatal if not treated immediately. Varicose veins can be treated with a variety of treatments, such as ultrasound guided sclerotherapy (USG), while deep vein thrombosis is generally treated with anticoagulant (blood thinning) medicines.

Vein Care offers a range of cost-effective medical solutions for vein conditions at our three Melbourne locations. Please contact our Boronia, Camberwell or Sydenham clinics to book an appointment or call 1300 568 676 for further information about the vein treatments we can assist you with.