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How Much Does a Cortisone Injection Cost?

 
average costWith Health Insurance: Copays or 10%-50% Coinsurancehigh costWithout Health Insurance: $25-$300 per shot
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Cortisone injections[1] typically contain a corticosteroid[2] and a local anesthetic such as Novocain. They are used to help curb inflammation, and when administered properly, may provide temporary relief from a number of painful conditions[3] such as shoulder bursitis. In some instances, diluted cortisone shots are used to reduce swelling and heal lesions caused by severe cystic acne[4] .

Typical costs:

  • The costs of the injections vary, depending on the amount used, the area to which the shot is administered, and the condition it is used to treat.
  • For patients without health insurance, cortisone injections to treat deep acne nodules or cysts typically range in cost from $25 - $100, while injections administered to the joints or other parts of the body can cost from $100 - $300 per shot, in addition to costs for the office visit. (For uninsured patients, an office visit typically costs $50 -$200, while for insured patients it typically brings a copay of $10 -$50, or coinsurance of 10%-50%.) At the Texas Hip and Knee Center[5] in Fort Worth, TX, cortisone injections average $120 - $140.
  • Injections are typically covered by health insurers if deemed medically necessary, though there may be restrictions. For example, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mississippi[6] stipulates that if there is no documented pain relief after two injections, no further injection will be considered medically necessary.
Related articles: Dislocated Shoulder, Hip Fracture, Knee Replacement, Health Insurance

What should be included:
  • Cortisone shots can typically be administered in a doctor's office.
  • As part of the standard procedure[7] , the area around the injection site will be cleaned and an anesthetic spray may be applied before the needle is inserted. The shots are most often given in the joints.
  • Doctors may limit the number of shots a patient can receive a year because of the risks for potential complications[8] such as nerve damage or thinning of nearby bone.
Additional costs:
  • Following a shot, a patient may want to apply ice or a cold compress like the Ace Reusable Cold Compress[9] , $5, to the injection site to relieve pain.
Discounts:
  • Many hospitals offer discounts of 30% or more to uninsured/cash-paying patients. At St. Joseph Hospital[10] in Orange, CA, for example, patients without health insurance may qualify for a 45% discount off billed charges. They'll also be offered an additional 10% discount if payment is made within 10 days of receiving a bill.
Shopping for a cortisone injection:
  • To prepare[11] for an injection, patients who use blood thinners or take dietary supplements that have a blood-thinning effect may need to avoid these products for several days beforehand.
  • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill offers a patient guide[12] for those considering cortisone injections.
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
Lumbar injection/ left side
Amount: $324.59 not covered by insurance
Posted by: JC Veteran in Martinez, GA.Posted: April 20th, 2015 09:04AM
Provider: Dr. Bari, S.E. Pain MgtSite of Injection: L-4/L-5
Condition Treated: Degnerative Disk
$37.50 Cost of saline to flush, lidocain to numb and cortisone
$79.32 injection kit
$207.77 Doctors, facility, office and staff fee.
Total: $324.59 Paid for by the Department of Veterans Affairs (pays at the Medicare rate) Augusta, GA. Anything over the Medicare rate is a rip off.
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Cortisone shot to shoulder
Amount: $2,000.00 not covered by insurance
Posted by: Photomangreg in Southampton, NY.Posted: April 17th, 2015 10:04AM
Condition Treated: Bursitis
2000 bucks! Is this my imagination or is it totally excessive??
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trigger thumb
Amount: $0.00 not covered by insurance
Posted by: a user in Dayton, OH.Posted: April 3rd, 2015 11:04AM
Provider: Care SourceSite of Injection:
I refuse to go to a specialist for my trigger thumb UNTIL either the specialist's office or Care Source inform me as to what my cost will be for an injection. No one seems to know so I will suffer with the condition until I get more detailed information!
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Cortisone injection in the knee
Amount: $1,100.00 not covered by insurance
Posted by: Vic r in Ann Arbor, MI.Posted: January 14th, 2015 05:01AM
Provider: u of mSite of Injection: knee
Condition Treated: pain
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Cortisone
Amount: $10.00 not covered by insurance
Posted by: delaware in Wilmington, DC.Posted: October 23rd, 2014 11:10AM
Condition Treated: Degenerative arthritic ankle
Insurance : BCBS
Ankle pain from flat feet. Got an MRI, doc injected me during the follow up. Insurance covers a lot considering I'm 21
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Cortisone injection in knee
Amount: $439.00 not covered by insurance
Posted by: Julie In Georgia in Roswell, GA.Posted: September 18th, 2014 05:09AM
Provider: CignaSite of Injection: Knee
Condition Treated: Arthritis - Torn meniscus
This is unbelieveable!
Physician $163.00
Surgery $251.00
Injection $25.00
A cortisone injection is considered SURGERY?
If I knew how, I would do it myself.
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Cortisone Shot in shoulder
Amount: $500.00 not covered by insurance
Posted by: MicheleM in Ocean, NJ.Posted: June 6th, 2014 06:06AM
Provider: United HealthcareSite of Injection: Shoulder
Condition Treated: tendonitis
The cost was $2400 I have to pay the 20%
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torn rotator cuff
Amount: $474.00 not covered by insurance
Posted by: lasko in miami, FL.Posted: May 24th, 2014 11:05AM
Provider: orthopaedic surgeonSite of Injection: shoulder
Condition Treated: torn rotator cuff
med $6.00 plus, $11.00 for assistant to take needle and band aide,and med out of drawer, plus $ 297.00 office visit , plus $244.00 for the surgery charge , this is what the doctor charges to administer inject of the med, the insurance picked up$153.000, , and I DID NOT HAVE ANY SURGERY!!!
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Cortisone shot
Amount: $300.00 not covered by insurance
Posted by: Jay B in Victoria, TX.Posted: May 21st, 2014 02:05PM
Provider: Site of Injection: knee
Condition Treated: OA
150.00 office visit
150.00 cortisone shot
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Cortisone shot
Amount: $1,200.00 not covered by insurance
Posted by: nancy ramani in Drexel Hill, PA.Posted: May 19th, 2014 01:05PM
Provider: foot above podiatrySite of Injection: foot
Condition Treated: heel spurs
I thought tis is outragious
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Cortisone Injection
Amount: $575.00 not covered by insurance
Posted by: Brenda S. in Mesa, AZ.Posted: January 10th, 2014 11:01AM
Provider: AetnaSite of Injection: Hip
Condition Treated: Bursitis
Had this shot again recently after a failed attempt in 2006 back then I think I paid about $45.00 for it, now after my co-pay they billed my insurance another $550.00 for this 5 minute visit! My insurance has only agreed to pay $310.00 leaving me with the rest, which I will be disputing also. My advice....Shop around!
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Amount: $358.00 not covered by insurance
Posted by: Mo in Mesa, AZ.Posted: November 11th, 2013 03:11PM
Provider: cignaSite of Injection: hip
Condition Treated: hip pain/labrum tear
this is the disputed amount, I am fighting to lower it. I have insurance but have to pay 100% since I have high deductible, so in essence I am a cash customer. The whole thing angers me, this is the reduced Cigna price, The office attempted to bill $900 for this 5 min shot/procedure (with ultrasound guidance. At least the shot worked.
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cortisone injection
Amount: $670.00 not covered by insurance
Posted by: bert m barry in tifton, GA.Posted: August 9th, 2013 06:08AM
Provider: care medicalSite of Injection: l4
Condition Treated: leg pain in both legs
had two in same back joint spaced slightly apart total time less than fifteen minutes in doctors office using e-ray
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External Resources:
  1.  www.mayoclinic.com/health/cortisone-shots/MY00268
  2.  my.clevelandclinic.org/drugs/corticosteroids/hic_corticosteroids.aspx
  3.  www.mayoclinic.com/health/cortisone-shots/MY00268/DSECTION=why-its-done
  4.  www.acne.org/cortisone-shots-for-acne.html
  5.  www.texashipandkneecenter.com/Contact-us.html
  6.  www.bcbsms.com/index.php?q=provider-medical-policy-search.html&action=viewPolicy&path=%...
  7.  www.mayoclinic.com/health/cortisone-shots/MY00268/DSECTION=what-you-can-expect
  8.  www.mayoclinic.com/health/cortisone-shots/MY00268/DSECTION=risks
  9.  www.drugstore.com/default.asp?catid=1
  10.  www.sjo.org/For-Patients/Your-Hospital-Bill/Self-Pay-Discount-Program.aspx
  11.  www.mayoclinic.com/health/cortisone-shots/MY00268/DSECTION=how-you-prepare
  12.  www.med.unc.edu
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