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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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What People Are Paying - Recent Comments
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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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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Blood test
Amount: $510.00
Posted by: Keith M. in Randolph, VT.Posted: July 24th, 2013 09:07PM
Medical Center: Gifford Health CenterType of Blood Test: Mono check
I had a test for mono which was negative. The bill came to $510 total of which BC/BS allowed a discount of $118.00. Balance due $392.00. The bill balance just for the test reads$397.00.
It's outrageuos. I called billing to complain over 24 hours ago but have had no call back as of yet. I'm going to at least share my opinion with a supervisor.
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blood test
Amount: $676.00
Posted by: KennyM in Sault Ste. Marie, MI.Posted: July 22nd, 2013 12:07AM
Medical Center: WMHType of Blood Test: Standard/New Doctor
I have a new Doctor who had me get blood work done as a new patient. When I received the insurance statement, I almost fell out of my chair. The insurance picked up $400.00 of it, but I still have to cough up $276.00. If I had known my blood was that valuable, I would have had a tap installed and sold it years ago.
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expensive blood test
Amount: $613.93
Posted by: Inconsistency in Indy in Greenfield, IN.Posted: July 1st, 2013 01:07PM
Medical Center: Hancock RegionalType of Blood Test: Thyroid and CBC
I have this test every year. Two years ago I paid just under $300 at Mid Americal Clinical Labs. Last year we got a discount (thanks to Obamacare) and I paid about $78. This year I am working in Greenfield, just east of Indianapolis and went to Hancock Regional on some bad advice from a coworker. It was $737 before the insurance discount. Same test. Every year.
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Preying on patients
Amount: $1,489.88
Posted by: Floored in Florida in Tallahassee, FL.Posted: July 1st, 2013 08:07AM
Medical Center: QuestType of Blood Test: chol,lip,met, prostate,CFTR CMN
I was told to get blood test to see if I was a cystic fibrosis carrier since my wife is pregnant. I had cholesterol, etc looked at since it had been a while since I had done that. Then WHAM! $1489 bill came. Cystic fibrosis test was $995 alone. What a crock! Not paying it. Others have been charged as little as $100 for that test.
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BLOOD TEST
Amount: $977.00
Posted by: RIDICULOUS in GRAND JUNCTION, CO.Posted: May 31st, 2013 11:05AM
Medical Center: ST MARYS GJ COLOType of Blood Test:
FOR AN INFECTION THUR A DOCTORS OFFICE .STILL NO RELIEF AND THEY WANT ANOTHER TEST IF THIS HAPPEN TO YOUR CAR OR ANYTHING OTHER BY A DOCTOR YOU WOULDN'T BE CHARGED TILIT WAS FIXED SOMETHING IS WRONG WITH THE SYSTEM .ITS NOT ABOUT YOUR WELL BEING ITS ABOUT THE MONEY!!!!!
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Blood Test
Amount: $700.00
Posted by: J Turner in Dallas, TX.Posted: March 23rd, 2013 02:03PM
Medical Center: LabType of Blood Test: Thorough
Tested lipids, thyroid, hormones and vitamin deficiency. My doctor is covered by my insurance but I was surprised to discover the doctor uses a lab that is not. Always ask what lab they use and check with your insurance prior to scheduling an appointment !
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Blood test
Amount: $1,960.00
Posted by: Michael Andersen in Reno, NV.Posted: March 18th, 2013 08:03AM
Medical Center: ReknownType of Blood Test: Flu
I was sick running a 106 degree temperture, and was taken to the hospital in Reno, Nevada (Reknown Medical Center) and my bill for blood test was $1,960.00 and the total bill was almost $6,000.00 dollars for 3 hours.
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thyroid blood work
Amount: $283.00
Posted by: a user in Youngstown, OH.Posted: March 10th, 2013 05:03AM
Medical Center: Salem OH hospitalType of Blood Test: thyroid check
the blood draw at the PCP office was $10. blood sent to local hospital for testing - was charge $312. i have to pay $283 out of pocket. have a high deductible. hospital was in network so that accounts for the minor reduction. i was shocked!
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expensive bloodwork
Amount: $476.76
Posted by: burned again in fairhope, AL.Posted: March 4th, 2013 10:03AM
Medical Center: thomas hospitalType of Blood Test: genlchem/A1c/chol/psa
i am 59 in good health and got screened for lipids, glucose and general chemistry. and that was after 50% reduction from insurance. why so high? If you call labcorp for a price good luck waiting for the info. why is it so hard to get transparency in pricing???
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blood test
Amount: $44.29
Posted by: thankful in bay city, TX.Posted: February 22nd, 2013 04:02PM
Medical Center: MehopType of Blood Test: cbc, lipid, thyroid, cmp, glyco-hemoglob
this is a sliding scale clinic. I have no insurance.
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Charged $828 for Stnd Blood Test
Amount: $308.00
Posted by: Questioning Attitude in San Luis Obispo, CA.Posted: January 11th, 2013 09:01AM
Medical Center: French HospitalType of Blood Test: CMP, Lipids, PSA, Testo
I was shocked to see the hospital charged $828 for a routine blood test. I'm 55 and healthy. Per my annual physical, the doctor ordered a standard blood test. After insurance and discount, I still owe $308! How do I complain? Shouldn't they post their prices to enable me to shop around?
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blood test
Amount: $675.00
Posted by: Grace Elliott in o'fallon, IL.Posted: September 14th, 2012 08:09PM
Medical Center: memorial hospital iType of Blood Test: defeciency blood test
I am shock when i my bill came today for $675 and i have to pay it out of my pocket, its 1200 and the insurance already pay some of it
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