Who can give rTMS?
A psychiatrist recommends rTMS treatment and manages your overall treatment plan.
A nurse will usually deliver the actual treatment, under the guidance of your psychiatrist.
Where do I go to have rTMS?
You can have treatment in a hospital or clinic. In New Zealand, rTMS is available only in private clinics and through research trials at some universities.
Generally, psychiatrists recommend outpatient treatment (where you come in during the day) over inpatient (staying overnight in hospital) to avoid interrupting your day-to-day life.
It's important to stay connected to your family and other supports during and after treatment.
How much does rTMS cost?
A single session of rTMS costs around $160 - $200 AUD. You might need a course of 20 or more sessions over 4-6 weeks.
In Australia, there are Medicare rebates available for rTMS for some people. If you're eligible, you can claim up to 35 sessions for an initial course of treatment, and up to 15 sessions for a follow-up course. More details are available on the Medicare website.
In New Zealand, rTMS is not subsidised.
If you are admitted to hospital, private health insurance may cover some of the costs.
A limited number of private health insurers cover outpatient appointments. Call your health insurer to check if you are covered.
How do I arrange to get rTMS?
Ask your psychiatrist if this treatment could be suitable for you.
If you don’t have a psychiatrist you see regularly, speak to your GP. You can discuss your symptoms and your GP can refer you to a psychiatrist if needed.
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