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What does treatment cost?

Costs vary according to the type of care, treatment facility, and availability of insurance reimbursement. Health insurance may pay for some or all of treatment, depending on the patient's coverage. Typical costs of treatment reported in 2005 from several residential eating disorder centers averaged about $1000 per day for 24/7 care. Reported costs for partial inpatient care (3 to 12 hours per day) ranged from $8000 to $50,000 per month. Reported costs of outpatient psychotherapy ranged from $75 to $150 per one-hour session at private practices. Health insurance may cover a portion of these costs. Support groups may be free or charge a nominal fee and are not typically reimbursed through insurance plans. Click here for greater detail about how to successfully navigate insurance.

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Bulimia nervosa is an eating disorder in which a person engages in binge eating (eating a lot of food in a short time) followed by some type of behavior to prevent weight gain from the food that was eaten. This behavior can take two forms: self-induced vomiting, misuse of enemas, laxatives, diet pills (called purging) and excessive exercise, fasting, or diabetic omission of insulin (called non-purging). Some people with bulimia nervosa may also starve themselves for periods of time before binge eating again. Bulimia nervosa has important mental, emotional, and physical aspects that require consideration during treatment.

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