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How Much Does Allergy Testing Cost?

 
low costWith Insurance: Copays Around $70average costWithout Insurance: $200-$1,000 Depending on Number
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  Typical costs:
  • For a patient not covered by health insurance an allergy test typically costs $150 to $300 for a consultation with an allergist, plus $60 to $300 total ($3 to $5 per allergen) for the much more commonly used skin prick test, or $200 to $1,000 total ($10 to $20 per allergen) for a blood test known as a RAST test.
  • Allergy testing usually is covered by health insurance.
  • For patients covered by health insurance, typical out-of-pocket costs involve a copay for the doctor's visit. For example, this BlueChoice plan has a copay of $20 for a family doctor and $35 for a specialist. And this Aetna plan[1] has a $35 copay for testing.
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What should be included:
  • A skin test involves pricking or scratching the surface of the skin, usually on the back or forearm, and applying suspected allergens. Several suspected allergens usually are tested at once, and if redness or swelling forms at one or more of the sites -- usually within 20 minutes -- that confirms the allergy.
  • A blood test, usually done when the patient is taking medication that could interfere with a skin test or has a severe skin condition such as eczema or psoriasis, or has very dark skin, involves taking a blood sample and sending it to a laboratory.
  • The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology[2] has an overview of allergy testing.
Additional costs:
  • If testing reveals an allergy, allergy shots, also called immunotherapy, might be recommended. These can cost almost $4,000 for the first year without insurance, but get less expensive in subsequent years as fewer shots are needed. Treatment usually lasts three to five years.
Discounts:
  • Some doctors offer a discount for patients not using insurance who pay with cash or a credit card. Discounts can be as high as 35 percent.
Shopping for allergy testing:
  • It is important that allergy testing be done by a board-certified allergist because testing results can be affected by the skill level of the practitioner. Board-certified allergists have completed a three-year residency in internal medicine or pediatrics, followed by two to three years of study in allergy and immunology. The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology[3] offers an allergist locator by zip code. Or call their hotline, 1-800-842-7777 for a referral.
Material on this page is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice. Always consult your physician or pharmacist regarding medications or medical procedures.
 
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come to canada
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: H Kim in kitchener, ontario, Other.Posted: December 15th, 2014 05:12PM
I'm an allergist in Canada. I believe the quality of care here is higher than in the US. You are getting ripped off. I would gladly test American patients at a fraction of what you are paying.
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gotta be a home kit for this
Amount: $700.00
Posted by: totally negitive and still have post nasal drip and cough (seasonal) in west palm beach, FL.Posted: October 17th, 2014 11:10AM
Medical Center: allergy people of the palm beachesInsurance: cigna
a lot of money for the allergy testing. insurcance company should get this under control. seemed easy enough for anyone to do it. I looked up home kits, and yep they got some. maybe for only a few of the most common ones. you just dip it and poke it. if the skin around it turns blotchy after 20 minutes your allergic. if it just look looks like you stabbed yourself with a needle than your not. I am in the medical field and I was not impressed. I almost vomited on the counter when they said the price(after the test was done).
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Allergy test at OSU PHYSICIANS Ohio state university hospital
Amount: $1,500.00
Posted by: Skeetmaster in Columbus, OH.Posted: July 16th, 2014 06:07PM
Medical Center: OSU physiciansInsurance: HSA
Scheduled a test with the center, but the refused to tell me how much it was going to cost since I was talking to people that schedule the test only. I was shocked when I got the bill, $1500.00 for test, the doctor to explain the results to me in 5 minutes only, and had to scoot to the next patient.
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And tested NEGATIVE for everything
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Ima Sucker in burlington, NC.Posted: May 30th, 2014 01:05PM
Medical Center: LeBauerInsurance: BCBSNC
I came in saying I suspected a food allergy, and they tested me for all kinds of environmental allergens too. Now I know it was just to rack up the bill.
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And tested NEGATIVE for everything
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Ima Sucker in burlington, NC.Posted: May 30th, 2014 01:05PM
Medical Center: LeBauerInsurance: BCBSNC
I came in saying I suspected a food allergy, and they tested me for all kinds of environmental allergens too. Now I know it was just to rack up the bill.
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Like ragweed is SOOOO hard to find
Amount: $5,060.00
Posted by: Aaron B. in Salt Lake City, UT.Posted: April 26th, 2014 09:04AM
Medical Center: Redwood Center (U of U Hospital(Insurance: UnitedHealthcare StudentResources
The clinic billed me for $2,000 for a poke test, which made me wonder just how much you can pay someone to grind up 4 mg of oat, grass, cat fur, etc. But then my insurance just sent me a letter notifying me for a claim of $5,030. My endoscopy didn't cost half that much. That can't be right. It's the only clinic my insurance would accept, and I had to go to another office visit for a referral beforehand.
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Allergy Tests
Amount: $8,100.00
Posted by: Lori Robbins in Mesa, AZ.Posted: November 17th, 2013 01:11PM
Medical Center: Deseret Medical CenterInsurance: Humana HMO/Medicare
I just got the info on my Humana Claim form for the tests that were run for allergies. Total $8,100 paid by my insurance company for 3 visits. One consultation, one prick test and another visit (?)that I didn't make an appt. for, and only had a phone conversation with the allergy specialist. She said they had the shots ready, but I didn't go back to get them. I can't give myself shots 3 times a week for a year!$8,100 ??? I have an appointment this coming week with my primary and ask that this be explained. Even my insurance company is being ripped off I do believe and it reflects my status as "high" risk.
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Allergy Testing in MA
Amount: $700.00
Posted by: Testing the waters in Brockton, MA.Posted: June 17th, 2013 08:06AM
Medical Center: Asthma & Allergy Test Center of BrocktonInsurance: Aetna
The Allergy Center said it would be $700-1000 for the 32 prick test on both the upper arm & Forearm. Aetna told me that it should cost $11 per prick on forearm & $14 per prick on the upper arm. You do the math. I dont know if I'll take him yet but I wanted to do my homework first.
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Cost of Allergy Test - pin prick
Amount: $1,181.00
Posted by: Impossible to be good consumer of health care in Sunnyvale, CA.Posted: April 11th, 2013 02:04PM
Medical Center: Palo Alto Medical FoundationInsurance: Blue Shield of Calif. PPO
Son had a 45 minute appt. with allergist Dr. Michael Mulligan who recommended a pin prick test. Got bill for a total of $1181.00! Was floored by this cost. (By comparison, we recently paid $565 for an MRI for my husband.) Applied to Blue Shield deductible (we have high deductible plans). Apparently, there was no negotiated rate that was any lower. PAMF offered a 30% discount when I called, net cost: $826.70 including doctor visit + test.
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Skin Prick/Back scratch test
Amount: $5,000.00
Posted by: Obama\\\'s Mama in Cleveland, OH.Posted: March 4th, 2013 12:03PM
Medical Center: Metro HealthInsurance: MMO
Thank goodness my Insurance only allowed the bill to be $1,000. If it wasn't for MMO, I would have blown my whole HSA deductible on one test. Obama targeted the wrong people!
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blood allergy test
Amount: $1,000.00
Posted by: cupcakedenise in hanahan, SC.Posted: December 1st, 2012 01:12AM
Medical Center: palmetto primary careInsurance: blue cross blue shield
I'm so mad my primary care Dr. didn't tell me this was an expensive test, I'm going through a Divorce and I'm on anti depressants prescribed by her now I got a huge bill and I want to jump of the nearest bridhe!!!! I hate her..thanks shirley ho for ruining my fucked up life even more!!!!
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Allergy skin testing
Amount: $5,863.00
Posted by: a user in Cleveland, OH.Posted: October 3rd, 2012 01:10PM
Medical Center: Cleveland ClinicInsurance: BCBS
Basic skin prick test, about 60 tests. Also got cleared for pennicillin allergy. There is almost no way to get pricing information from the Cleveland Clinic! Called and asked about pricing for another test recently, and never got a call back.
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Pricking at my skin and sanity.
Amount: $872.43
Posted by: TK Titanium in Spokane, WA.Posted: July 17th, 2012 06:07PM
Medical Center: Rockwood Allergy CenterInsurance: Lifewise
I had a basic skin prick test done, about sixty pricks. The doctor gave me some samples and asked me to come back for a follow-up. I went for my follow-up and THEN got my bill. He charged $825 for the skin prick test ALONE! Then there was a $220 dollar exam fee. My insurance decided that they don't cover allergy testing but did cover 75% of the exam fee... Yeah... big help.rnrnPlease learn from my mistake, call your insurance BEFORE your visit to make sure that they will cover allergy testing.
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Questions on costs
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Pattyann in Daytona Beach, FL.Posted: July 15th, 2012 12:07PM
I looked over the variety of tests and the costs! Looks like Floria and Ohio are extremely high costs to the insurance companies. Why such a difference?
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Allergy Blood Testing
Amount: $5,000.00
Posted by: Chatty in Rockford, IL.Posted: June 7th, 2012 07:06AM
Medical Center: Lakeside Pain ManagementInsurance: BCBS
My Dr. told me the costs would not be "significant." I received the bill and it was for nealy $5,000. BCBS paid for all but $770. which is my portigon. This was a total rip off. The Dr. was very unprofessional and told me during the office visit that he couldn't afford to pay his house payment. I'm sure it's paid now. I was so upset with my Dr. that I fired him. I have 1/2 a mind to contact BCBS. This is the only profession that doesn't have to tell you the cost up front. We would never think of having work done on our home without at least knowing what the cost would be. Require an actual estimate! What a racket.
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Allergy testing cost
Amount: $4,682.00
Posted by: Jennifer T in Cleveland, OH.Posted: April 25th, 2012 06:04PM
Medical Center: Cleveland clincInsurance:
I went in for the normal allgery testing.. They did the skin tests on the back. And some on the arm. I paid $35.00 for my co-payment. A month later I receive a bill- statement total cost $4682.00 insurance paid $3591.82.... I owe $1090.18... WTF I didn't have any blood tests or anything like that. How can they be allowed to charge that much?
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Allergy blood test
Amount: $15.00
Posted by: rogerSmith in Chicago, IL.Posted: March 11th, 2012 11:03AM
Medical Center: QuestInsurance: blue cross and blue shield
It is 100% covered by blue cross and blue shield and you will only have to pay your coinsurance which for me was $15.
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Allergy shots and refill cost for 1 year
Amount: $25.00
Posted by: L Capote in Charlotte, NC.Posted: February 3rd, 2012 02:02PM
Medical Center: Asthma and allergyInsurance: SelfPay-NO Insurance
I have been getting shots since Nov 21. I have to go in twice a week. Each visit is $25 each for allergy shots(one shot on each arm per visit)refill for the vial is $200 (refills last 3-6 months). There schedule for build up process takes approximately 10 months. For the first 6 weeks 2 times per weeks, 1 time per week for 6 months, every 2 weeks for next 3 visits, then every 3 weeks for the next 2 visits, then after that it will only be once a month.
The maintenance dosage would be given once a month for the next 3-5 years. So it's cost alot without insurance. So figure $25 per visit and maybe 3-4 refills within the first year.
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Allergy Skin Test
Amount: $3,900.00
Posted by: GibbyHayes in Cleveland, OH.Posted: January 14th, 2012 07:01AM
Medical Center: Cleveland ClinicInsurance:
I had about 20 or 30 common NE Ohio allergens tested on my back with the typical skin pricks and found that the Clinic billed my insurance $3900! The Cleveland Clinic is the worst. The reason we have a problem with health care in this country is not b/c of insurance companies, it's b/c of insurance providers and their rip-offs. The Cleveland Clinic is a rip-off factory. They way overcharge for everything they do.
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Allergy Blood Test
Amount: $1,153.00
Posted by: milspa in Frisco, TX.Posted: December 31st, 2011 09:12AM
Medical Center: Quest DiagnosticsInsurance: Aetna
The cost for doing an allergy blood test is ridiculously high. A couple of vials of blood were taken and sent off. I paid the doctor's office $45. The bill from Quest showed $1,153 total, Insurance discount of $814, Insurance paid 42.23, and I'm left with paying $296.20. Blood tests came back negative, so I started keeping a daily journal of pollen counts in my area, time hay fever symptoms started, severity, and any other possibles causes. I was able to figure out what was causing my hay fever. Believe it or not but it was the liquid dairy creamer I put into my coffee every morning.
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Cleveland Clinic is ridiculous
Amount: $3,550.00
Posted by: Liping in Cleveland, OH.Posted: August 11th, 2011 12:08PM
Medical Center: CCF Main CampusInsurance: Summa
I was wrong; $2300 was allowed by insurance and I have to pay the rest. The total charge include $2985 for allergy testing (regular skin test of 40 allergens commonly seen in OH), $483 for office visit, and $65 for office visit (same description but a different code).
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