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Will my insurance cover VELscope test?

Your dental insurance may or may not cover the fee for this care. Coverage for this procedure (like most dental procedures) usually varies among insurance companies; however, this modest annual fee is well worth the benefit that this new device provides.

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
It depends. (just like almost every other question about insurance coverage). The VELscope test is a new fancy schmancy (but very cool) way to identify oral cancer or pre-oral cancerous lesions. Most insurance companies do cover oral cancer screenings (which typically are performed at your six-month teeth cleaning visits), but even those that do might not cover this new fangled test. The best way to find out (although it may take some time and a serious amount of patience on your part) is to contact your health insurance or dental insurance provider and ask them for the run-down on oral cancer screening coverage.

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