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How Much Do Blood Tests Cost?

 
average costWith Health Insurance: Copays of $0-$30 or 10%-50+% Coinsurancehigh costTotal Costs: $100-$3,000+ Without Insurance
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Blood tests can measure cells, lipids, proteins, sugars, hormones, tumor markers and other blood components. They are used to diagnose and treat of many diseases including diabetes, high cholesterol, thyroid disease and cancer.

Typical costs:

  • CostHelper readers with insurance report out-of-pocket costs of $283-$675 for blood tests, with an average of $432; total billed costs were $312-$1,200 (averaging $755), with the insurance either paying or discounting the total cost by $29-$525.
  • For patients covered by health insurance, out-of-pocket costs for blood work typically consist of a copay ranging from nothing to $30 or more, or coinsurance of 10%-50% or more; deductibles and out-of-pocket maximums will apply.
  • Blood tests are often covered by health insurance for preventive, diagnostic or treatment purposes, but coverage depends on the individual case and the terms of the health insurance plan.
  • CostHelper readers without health insurance report total costs of $700-$2,589, averaging $1,543. For patients not covered by health insurance, total costs can be $100-$3,000 or more, depending on the number and type of tests ordered; the cost of any doctor visits to order and interpret the tests; and whether the tests are done on an emergency basis.
  • Routine blood work done as part of an annual physical or a new patient exam can cost $100-$1,000 or more. Often ordered in connection with an annual physical, a complete blood count (CBC) test alone can cost $10-$150 or more.
  • Depending on the patient's symptoms, doctors typically order multiple tests to check for a number of conditions; comprehensive panels of tests can cost $80-$1,500 or more, and combining several testing packages can bring total costs to $1,500-$2,700 or more.
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What should be included:
  • Before any blood test, the patient typically will be given instructions to follow, such as fasting for a certain number of hours. The medical provider then draws blood and sends it to a laboratory for analysis. Results usually are provided to the patient and/or their doctor within a few days to a week.
  • The National Institutes of Health lists types of common blood tests[1] .
Additional costs:
  • Depending on the results, the doctor may recommend additional testing.
Discounts:
  • The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services offers a locator [2] for clinics providing services on an income-based sliding scale.
  • Many hospitals offer discounts of up to 50% for uninsured/self-paying patients. For example, St. Joseph Hospital[3] in Orange, CA discounts its billed charges by 45%.
Shopping for blood tests:
  • Patients with health insurance that requires them to use "in network" providers should check whether a specific lab is within the network; a doctor who works within an insurance plan might, without checking, refer patients to a lab that isn't covered under that plan. Always double-check for insurance coverage before any blood work is done.
  • Blood tests can be done at the office of a primary care provider or specialist, in a clinic or in a hospital.
  • For patients who want anonymity or do not wish to go through a doctor, companies such as LabCorp[4] , Quest Diagnostics[5] and Health Testing Centers[6] offer laboratory testing direct to patients. However, it is important to seek the advice of a doctor for any health concerns.
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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Blood Test
Amount: $615.95
Posted by: Cierah in Clarion, PA.Posted: May 15th, 2015 10:05AM
I was having problems with my foot. My foot was cold all the time and everything so I had a very large variety of test done the original cost without insurance is $2,579 but how can these texts cost so much!!
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Doctors in Florida May Not Upcharge Lab Fees when Patients Pay Cash
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Dr Neal Wieder in Lake Mary, FL.Posted: February 24th, 2015 04:02AM
Medical Center: Dr WiederType of Blood Test: Varied
In the state of Florida ALL doctors may not Upcharge the cost of lab tests for cash patients unless they have their own lab. ie- a urine test done in office can be upcharged
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rip off
Amount: $1,350.00
Posted by: george smith in branson, MO.Posted: February 22nd, 2015 04:02PM
Medical Center: coxType of Blood Test: cmp lipids testo
1350.00 after insurance hold on to your ass never again
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blood test for MMA
Amount: $439.00
Posted by: internetsurfer in Prineville, OR.Posted: February 11th, 2015 07:02AM
Medical Center: mosiac medicalType of Blood Test: infectious diseases
my brother had some blood testing done for infectious diseases so he could fight in an mma match, because this was non medical he was charged full price and paid out of pocket, total costs coming to 495 at a sliding scale clinic.
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Brazelia Med Spa complete in depth testing 1-16=2015
Amount: $3,019.00
Posted by: Sagwa in BOCA RATON, FL.Posted: February 6th, 2015 01:02AM
Medical Center: Brazelia Med SpaType of Blood Test: lipids thyroid, vitamins, full panel gen
I went to Dr Brazelia for a free consultation for hormone and weight issues. Dr Brazelia was very holistic and knowledgeable in regards to correct nutrition and treating the whole person. She told me that my insurance would pay for the Blood Tests and I had a VERY thorough result packet with clear information, in fact each section had a green yellow or red level number indicating problem severity to normal with explanations.It included not only the numbers/levels but also genetic markers. My issue is my insurance DIDN'T Pay even though she told me it would. When she prescribed a 1 week cleanse based on the outcome of the tests and to start a diet program, which was way overpriced, I was told that my insurance didn't cover office visits and the diet things. I do not think its fair that she did the blood tests without approval from my insurance when she said it was covered. I need to work this one out with them somehow. I also agree with others here who think pricing should be up front
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blood test
Amount: $1,350.00
Posted by: I'm so screwed in Omaha, NE.Posted: January 20th, 2015 07:01PM
Medical Center: FrontierType of Blood Test: "full panel"
When I had "a full panel" done a few years ago, all I had was a $25 copay. Now, my psychiatrist wanted to figure out if some of my symptoms were caused by something else. He gave me a note and told me to take it "anywhere that does blood tests." I went to a local urgent care clinic, and after about an hour of stalling, they said they would do it, but they couldn't guarantee how it would come out on billing because none of THEIR doctors had ordered it. By then I just wanted it to be over, so I let them take my blood. A couple months later, I find out that before insurance it was $3300, so $1300 (after insurance) is such a steal, right? We're already on a fixed income. Is there actually a way to argue this down?
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22 tests
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: elyn in paso robles, CA.Posted: January 7th, 2015 04:01PM
It takes up to a month to see if my insurance will pay anything on all my blood work. And I am not sure what tests were done.
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Blood test
Amount: $447.17
Posted by: K_rel in Lubbock, TX.Posted: December 22nd, 2014 05:12PM
Medical Center: Texas Tech PhysiciansType of Blood Test: 1st blood check for pregnant women
On my first appointment with the OBGYN for my pregnancy, they told me to do a blood test on location. I went the lady said the amount due was $60 with my insurance. Then two weeks later I receive a statement asking me to pay $447.17, and it bill does not even explain in detail why it is so high. I am a college student how do they think I am gonna get all that. In my country I would only pay $100 max for that same test. I am pissed off!!
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Blood test cost ...
Amount: $2,700.00
Posted by: Trump01 in Huntsville, AL.Posted: December 4th, 2014 01:12PM
Medical Center: Crestwood Medical CenterType of Blood Test: Comb Metab, lipid, thyroid, cbc
Do you believe it $2700…. clearly when medical facilities have exorbitant pricing - prices should be posted. When I go to Walmart - I see what things cost, also at Belks. Medical consumers should have the right to see pricing as well. We must give our life to register - license, medical card, list any and all people we have ever known. But we get little to NO info. So we can say no thanks - going down the road! Im new to the region and feel totally taken. BTW - I have insurance and my portion was over $800
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Too Expensive
Amount: $1,247.00
Posted by: Pounds in Knoxvillte, TN.Posted: November 1st, 2014 06:11AM
Medical Center: LeConte Medical Center TNType of Blood Test: 16 tests
Tests range from $16 - $205
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Blood Test
Amount: $12,423.00
Posted by: a user in Corpus Christi, TX.Posted: June 23rd, 2014 12:06PM
Medical Center: Bashar Dabbas MDType of Blood Test: o positive
Went to Cancer center for Blood test recommmend by family Doctor. Received bill of $12,423.00
They only took three tubes of blood why did this oc bllod test cost so much out of network or in network why such a high cost.
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outragous prices
Amount: $750.00
Posted by: scorpio in galliano, LA.Posted: February 11th, 2014 04:02AM
Medical Center: lady of the seaType of Blood Test: full panel
ive had test done before when i had insurance and te insurance payment was ussaully around $150.00 i was shocked when i got a bill for 750. they called me to see when i could pay the bill and i asked the person if they would pay 750.00 she said no i said my insurance was never billed that high and i wasnt paying that much either
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costly test for thalassemia
Amount: $1,400.00
Posted by: Bugged in Broomfield in broomfield, CO.Posted: February 1st, 2014 11:02AM
Medical Center: Lab Corp of AmericaType of Blood Test: thalassemia A & B
my wife is Italian and my daughter has a few aliments and we decided to order a test for thalassemia A&B (not very complicated) and the bill was for $1,400 and insurance paid $799. We should have inquired more of our doctor and found a cheaper test. Buyer beware is an old slogan but it really applies.
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Blood Tests
Amount: $227.00
Posted by: rayboy in Lake Charles, LA.Posted: January 25th, 2014 11:01AM
Medical Center: The Pathology LabType of Blood Test: PSA, TSH, A1C, Profile Comp Metabolic
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Blood Tests
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Cheril Hendrickson in Fairfax, VA.Posted: November 19th, 2013 03:11PM
Medical Center: QuestType of Blood Test: CMP, CBC, TSH, T4
When the tech was ready to draw the blood he hands me a Medicare form to sign indicating they would probably not pay for some of the tests. The total I would be responsible for was 488.00 and that was for 2 tests. If I didn't do the lab work
my doctor wouldn't know what to do next or what medications to continue to give me, if needed. What a dilemma and what a scam......
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Lab Testing
Amount: $399.00
Posted by: Scamed in St. Louis in St. Louis, MO.Posted: November 16th, 2013 03:11PM
Medical Center: QuestType of Blood Test: lipid profile I am
I am a medicare pt. and I did not sign a form to pay anything after medicare. Quest billed me $399. and sent a copy of the ABN form that I refused to sign. They wanted my driver license. I think they got my signature from that or called my Dr. Offic and got something I signed for perhaps a stress test and copied my signature fro that. I am out raged and don't know what to do.
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Blood Tests
Amount: $1,900.00
Posted by: Serenity in Ithaca, NY.Posted: October 21st, 2013 12:10PM
Medical Center: Ob/gyn of IthacaType of Blood Test: fertility
I went to my ob/gyn, where they have an income-based sliding scale fee, because my husband and I have been trying to have a child for seven months (we are both 36 years old) My doctor said she'd like to run some routine tests and do an internal exam. This was two weeks ago. I just received my second of three bills for the blood work and so far it's $1,900 (not including her office) only for the tests. Which came back all normal levels. I am in shock. Why are we not advised of cost beforehand?
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DIRECT LABS ONLINE
Amount: $29.00
Posted by: Katx in auburn hills, MI.Posted: October 4th, 2013 12:10PM
Medical Center: DIRECT LABSType of Blood Test: CBC
You should add this place to your list of 'places to go'. I posted as CBC test for your price comparison paragraph. They are online and national I believe. My own experience is they use quality (LabCorp is one) labs in the Detroit Metro area. No paperwork (prescriptions) needed. I routinely get my thyroid and other wellness tests done here. The only close to affordable place I've found. If they had a place like this for prescription medicine, I wouldn't need doctors at all!
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Blood tests ordered (11 in all)
Amount: $3,766.41
Posted by: Mrs. James in Olney,, IL.Posted: October 3rd, 2013 06:10PM
Medical Center: So.IL. health RMHospitalType of Blood Test: LAB/CHEMISTRY,
lAB/CHEMISTRY $2749.45
LABORATORY 428.46
LAB/IMMUNOLOGY 407.47
LAB/HEMATOLOTY 97.17
LAB/UROLOGY 83.86
I had a ache in my back and these tests were ordered. I thought it was kidney or gall bladder pain. As it turned out I had a UTI. and a huge bill. Dr. Lynn Pittman ordered all these. First visit. Also ordered Lovaza script. Cost almost $200. I have a $4,000 Deductible private policy and am already retired. Hospital wants paid in 2 yrs. completely.
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They want the money
Amount: $417.55
Posted by: They don't use a gun in Newark,, OH.Posted: September 13th, 2013 10:09AM
Medical Center: Licking Memorial HospitalType of Blood Test: Thyroid, Hemoglobin A1c
Getting ripped off by the hospital lab is frustrating and gets me angry.
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Overcharged on tests
Amount: $974.00
Posted by: B. Johnson in Tampa, FL.Posted: September 9th, 2013 05:09PM
Medical Center: Quest LabsType of Blood Test: Hepatitis, ANA, others
Cost for hepatitis test alone was $463. I told dr I did not need that test, but she insisted. I was right. I sure don't need that bill. Other tests ranged from $40 for hemogram to $60 for metabolic panel and $80-$$132 each for various ANA and IF tests. Aetna would not pay (or apparently negotiate price with lab), so we carry it all. Might be worth it to try self pay.
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blood test
Amount: $2,589.00
Posted by: Jen C in Plainfield, IL.Posted: July 28th, 2013 06:07PM
Medical Center: Edward Health Center ILType of Blood Test:
I had different symptoms and my doctor suggested blood tests checking for thyroid problems. Well, the tests they did seem comprehensive, and it turned out I have hypothyroidism, anemia, and Sjogren's disease. I asked at the time how much a blood work up would cost since I have not had an employer that offers insurance in many years and I was told that they would send a bill. Boy did they send a bill, $2589.00 and it is due in 2 weeks? Seriously? Best health care in the world, huh? I cannot wait for changes to come to this ridiculous system! I don't need free health care, I just need reasonable prices, and the ability to shop around, or at least to know what I am going to be charged ahead of time so I can decide if I can afford it. I absolutely hate this. I don't want to hear from anyone about buying insurance on my own, because in my state insurance for my family would be over $2000.00/month, would only cover 80% in-network and would not cover lab tests anyway.
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