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Does insurance cover the full cost of antibiotics that treat MRSA?

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Most health insurance plans that cover medications include coverage for the antibiotics used to treat staph infections, including MRSA. The cost to the insured is normally just the cost of the drug copay or co-insurance. This typically ranges from $10 to $85 as of 2015.

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Some antibiotics used for MRSA include cephalexin and amoxicillin, as well as Bactroban prescription ointment or its generic equivalent, mupirocin.

Severe cases of MRSA may require intravenous administration of antibiotics, which can be considerably more expensive. Sometimes, however, MRSA does not require antibiotics. For example, if MRSA causes boils on the skin, incising the boils and draining them may be an effective course of treatment.

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