Screening prices vary widely

June 25, 2012
James F. Sweeney
James F. Sweeney

The prices healthcare providers charge for the most common screenings vary widely, according to new research.

The prices healthcare providers charge for the most common screenings vary widely, according to new research.

The firm Healthcare Change examined the range of prices for wellness screenings that insurers and self-insured employers are required to provide under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Researchers found that diabetes screenings ranged in price from $51 to $437, a difference of nearly 757%, and the price for Pap smears varied from $131 to $476-a 264% difference. Colonoscopies could cost anywhere from $786 to $1,819, and the price of lipid panels varied by 219% from $117 to $374. The price of mammograms ranged from $169 to $403, with a median price of $282.