hat role does cost play in the treatment of vein problems?
Dr. Salama: Veins are central to the body's ability to function. When veins are in poor condition, their ability to carry blood to the heart can be compromised. Vein problems and abnormalities tend to occur with age. Those who consider them only an aesthetic problem often believe that medical treatment is not necessary because it is too expensive or too time-consuming. However, vein problems can be a sign of a more serious condition that, if left untreated, can threaten circulation and overall health. That's why it's important to have a vein exam if you have vein problems.
Who assesses whether vein problems should be treated medically?
Dr. Salama: An experienced vein specialist can locate the problem and decide if medical treatment is needed if you have a painful physical symptom or vein abnormality. If your health insurance does not cover the cost, your doctor can work with you to set up an appropriate payment plan so that appropriate medical treatment can be provided.
What is meant by medically necessary treatment?
Dr. Salama: Some vein conditions can harm your health if left untreated. Treatment that is necessary to protect or maintain your health and well-being is considered medically necessary. For example, you may be eligible for coverage if you suffer from uncomfortable or bothersome physical symptoms caused by varicose veins, such as swelling, tenderness or heaviness in the affected area (often the legs). A vein ultrasound can determine if treatment is medically necessary. A quick in-office exam, called a vein screening, can reveal overall vein health and quality, as well as hidden vein problems that could be affecting your comfort or health.