Is rTMS Treatment Cost Effective?

Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) Costs

rTMS is now approved for use in the UK for treating depression. It has a number of benefits vs medication, being safe, noninvasive and medicine-free. It is also effective in treating even severe depression without the side-effects associated with drugs.

So how does the cost of TMS treatment compare with the traditional medicinal approach?

Researchers in Australia have compared the cost-effectiveness of rTMS with medication in patients with MDD (Major Depressive Disorder) who have had at least 2 courses of antidepressants and failed to improve.

The results of the study showed that rTMS was more cost-effective than pharmacotherapy (medication).

Key points raised in the research were:

  • Up to 40% of patients with MDD either do not respond to or tolerate pharmacotherapy
  • Up to 85% of patients who do respond can be expected to relapse within 15 years, thereby requiring further treatment

Full assessment of the factors showed that rTMS treatment was likely to be a lower cost option than antidepressant medication

  • Probability of rTMS being either dominant or cost-effective vs medication exceeded 70%
  • Probability that rTMS was dominant (ie, provided better patient quality-of-life at lower cost) was 32%
  • Probability that rTMS was cost-effective was 41%

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Currently, rTMS is available in a select number of private clinics in the UK.


Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is a technological breakthrough in the treatment of depression with a variety of further potential treatment applications.

The treatment is now available in London, based at The Smart Clinics Brompton Cross (South Kensington).


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