Published on May 13th, 2013 | by MD0
Cost of Common Health Care Tests Vary Widely in Cook County
Source: Northbrook Patch
For example, a colonoscopy in Cook County costs about $1,050 less than state averages. However, the cost of the procedure can vary greatly within the county from a low of $1,940 to a high of $9,790. That’s according to data from New Choice Health, a private company that encourages people to become smarter healthcare consumers.
On average Lake County is even lower. A CT scan in Lake County only costs $1,760 compared to Cook County’s average of $2,010.
Although Cook County’s average cost of providing such tests is lower than the state average, the price within the county varies. For example, the maximum cost of a CT Scan was $5,960 with a minimum of $1,670 in Cook County.
These big regional differences have been in the news lately: As the Washington Post wrote on Wednesday, “One hospital charges $8,000 – another $38,000.” Using the same data as thePost, The New York Times listed out the prices of a series of procedures in hospitals across the country.
The Times and the Post used data from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Patch worked with New Choice Health to examine the cost of four well-known procedures in Patch communities all across the country and found wide disparities – CT scans, colonoscopies, MRIs and mammograms. The examination revealed the costs can vary by thousands of dollars even within the same community.
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