Just came to this site from Scott Adams blog. I'm very pleased to see this work being done. I recently completed (successfully) a one year treatment of my toe fungus using a product called Jublia. My dermatologist told me not to be surprised if the fungus reappears in a year. My insurance (BC/BS) paid the entire cost of the treatment ($600/4ml bottle/month) for 15 months. I'm not sure they would do this again.
So, the question is: Do you have any idea what your treatment will cost and if insurance companies will pay for it?
I know it's very early in the process but I would assume that you will have looked into this already.
In any case, it's very exciting to see that this type of R&D is being funded.
Thanks for the comment. Great to hear that Jublia worked for you! That's great news.
You're right that reinfection is always a problem since the infectious agents are so prevalent in the environment. While our treatment is years away from FDA clearance even if all goes well, we have to think a lot about the finances of it all. In the beginning, we will be selling instruments to doctors who in turn will bill either patients or insurers for the treatment. If we are fortunate enough to get insurance coverage, the doctor would bill the insurer with a possible small co-pay from the patient. If insurers are not willing to cover the treatment, patients would have to pay out of pocket for the treatment. Either way, whether it is the insurer or the patient paying for the treatment, we hope to keep the final cost to less than a few hundred dollars. Even then, we know that even at a few hundred dollars, many people cannot afford that cost to take care of their nail infections.so we would work to get the end cost to patients reduced further hopefully by proving to insurers that the cost savings of having petients, particularly diabetics and other vulnerable populations, cured of their infections is worth covering the expense in their insurance plans. Our ultimate goal is get rid of this disease so that while the infectious agents will always be around, we can get to the point where people don't have to live with chronic infections and the health consequences that can result from that.