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Genital Warts Treatment Cost


How Much Does Genital Warts Treatment Cost?

 
average costWith Health Insurance: 10%-50% Coinsurance + Copayhigh costWithout Health Insurance: $95-$700+

Genital warts are growths caused by certain strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV), which can be transmitted sexually. Individual warts can be removed or treated, but that does not remove the virus from the body.

Typical costs:

  • For patients covered by health insurance, out-of-pocket costs for genital warts treatment typically consist of a doctor visit copay of $5-$30 or more and coinsurance of about 10%-50% for office procedures or a prescription drug copay[1] of $10-$85 or more, depending on the drug and the plan.
  • For patients not covered by health insurance, genital warts treatment costs an average of up to $300 or more for surgical excision in a doctor's office, up to $300 for podofilox cream, up to $400 or more for cryotherapy, up to $500 or more for laser treatment, and more than $700 for imiquimod cream, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians. However, surgical treatment in a hospital can cost thousands of dollars.
  • For example, generic podofilox solution costs about $95. And Drugstore.com charges about $300 for a three-week supply of imiquimod cream up to more than $1,500 for a 16-week supply. St. Elizabeth Regional Medical Center[2] charges about $200, not including doctor fee, for destruction of warts on the genitals using chemicals such as liquid nitrogen, but charges about $4,000 for electrodessication and $8,000 for surgical removal.
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What should be included:
  • Genital warts typically are diagnosed with a visual examination.
  • Depending on the individual case, the doctor might remove individual warts using cryotherapy[3] , laser surgery[4] or surgical excision[5] .
  • A doctor might also prescribe imiquimod cream[6] , (brand name Aldara) which typically is applied at home three days per week for three to 16 weeks, or podofilox[7] , which is typically applied twice a day for three days a week for up to four weeks.
  • The National Institutes of Health has an overview[8] of genital warts.
Additional costs:
  • For patients with warts on the cervix, a colposcopy is recommended to screen for cervical cancer. This can cost up to $500 or more, with biopsy, if done in an office setting, or up to $1,000 or more in a hospital.
  • Genital warts commonly recur after treatment, so additional procedures might be needed.
Discounts:
  • The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services offers a locator[9] for clinics with sliding fee scales based on income.
  • Some drug manufacturers offer patient assistance programs. Any patient without prescription drug coverage who also is not eligible for Medicare typically qualifies for Together Rx Access[10] , a discount card that offers 25% 40% off many brand-name drugs.
Shopping for genital warts treatment:
  • A family doctor or gynecologist, urologist or dermatologist can diagnose and prescribe treatment for genital warts. The American Urological Association offers a urologist locator[11] , and the American Academy of Dermatology offers a dermatologist locator[12] . Planned Parenthood, which offers sexual health services for men and women, has a health center locator[13] .
  • Certain drugs used to treat genital warts are not known to be safe for pregnant women, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention[14] .
Material on this page is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice. Always consult your physician or pharmacist regarding medications or medical procedures.
 
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External Resources:
  1.  kff.org/health-costs/fact-sheet/prescription-drug-trends-fact-sheet-may-2010/
  2.  tp.chi.acelogicus.net/nese/Default.aspx
  3.  www.webmd.com/sexual-conditions/cryotherapy-cryosurgery-for-genital-warts
  4.  www.webmd.com/sexual-conditions/laser-surgery-for-genital-warts
  5.  www.webmd.com/sexual-conditions/surgical-removal-of-genital-warts-by-excision
  6.  www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/meds/a698010.html
  7.  www.drugs.com/pro/podofilox.html
  8.  www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001889/
  9.  findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/Search_HCC.aspx
  10.  www.togetherrxaccess.com/p/prescription-savings/about-together-rx-access/enroll.aspx
  11.  www.urologyhealth.org/urology/findurologist.cfm
  12.  www.aad.org/find-a-derm
  13.  www.plannedparenthood.org/health-center/
  14.  www.cdc.gov/std/treatment/2010/genital-warts.htm
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