The final cost of stem cell treatments varies by the type of treatment required and is aggregated from individual charges for laboratory tests, examinations and other medical procedures, explains the Stem Cell Institute. The costs of hotel stays, transport and other nonmedical factors are also included into the final count.
Because the type of treatment required varies from one patient to another, the cost of stem cell treatments is typically calculated after patient applications have been accepted and diagnoses conducted, notes the Stem Cell Institute. The total cost increases in situations in which patients reside far from treatment centers, such as in other states or countries, because of the need to pay for flights, taxis, food and other nonmedical costs.
Stem cell treatments are generally expensive, notes Paul Knoepfler, an associate professor at the University of California Davis School of Medicine, in an article for the Huffington Post. For instance, as of 2015, Emory Healthcare charges between $3,000 and $5,400 dollars to treat osteoarthritis and chronic tendonitis, while Caring Medical charges between $1,150 and $2,650 dollars for stem cell therapy, which is added to the cost of prolotherapy in the affected area. Costs can be as high as $20,000 per treatment, warns Knoepfler. Insurance companies do not cover the cost of stem cell treatments, warns the Stem Cell Institute.
Stem cell therapy is used to treat a number of conditions. These include cerebral palsy, autism, spinal cord injuries and autoimmune diseases such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, explains the Stem Cell Institute.