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How Much Does a Cystoscopy Cost?

 
average costWith Health Insurance: Copay + 10%-50% of Procedure Costhigh costWithout Health Insurance: $350-$3,000+
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A cystoscopy involves the use of a thin scope to examine the inside of the bladder and the urethra. It typically is used to investigate urinary tract problems such as urgency, painful urination, recurring urinary tract infections, kidney stones or a growth in the bladder. Risks include infection, bleeding or injury to the bladder.

Typical costs:

  • For patients covered by health insurance, out-of-pocket costs typically would include a doctor visit copay and coinsurance of 10% to 50% for the procedure. A cystoscopy typically would be covered by health insurance.
  • For patients not covered by health insurance, the cost of a cystoscopy can range from a about $350-$3,000 or more, depending on whether the procedure is done in a doctor's office -- or at an ambulatory surgery center or hospital, where a facility fee, anesthesia and possibly a biopsy would be included in the cost. For example, Kansas City Urology Care[1] in Missouri charges about $366 for an in-office cystoscopy. According to the Healthcare Blue Book[2] , a doctor fee for a cytoscopy should cost about $395, a facility fee about $470 and anesthesia about $775, for a total of about $395 if done in a doctor's office or $1,640 in a surgery center or hospital. However, according to Healthcare Blue Book[3] , if a biopsy or minor treatment is done at the same time, that can increase the doctor fee to about $925 and the total, if done in an ambulatory surgery center or hospital, to about $3,200.
Related articles: Urinary Tract Infection Treatment, Kidney Stone Treatment, Incontinence Treatment, Overactive Bladder Treatment, CMG

What should be included:
  • The patient will be given local anesthesia or a sedative or placed under general anesthesia. The doctor then will slide a scope into the urethra and the bladder to view the inside of the urinary tract. The doctor will pump a sterile liquid into the bladder to inflate it to allow for better visualization through a magnifying lens on the end of the scope. If necessary, the doctor will take a tissue sample for a biopsy.
  • The procedure can be outpatient or inpatient and can take anywhere from five to 30 minutes to an hour or more, depending on the reason for the procedure. Afterward, the patient might experience discomfort, burning while urinating and blood in the urine for 24 hours.
  • The Mayo Clinic has an overview[4] of cystoscopy.
Additional costs:
  • Over-the-counter pain medication, usually less than $5, is sometimes recommended after the procedure.
  • Oral antibiotics might be prescribed to prevent infection. Many generic antibiotics are available for less than $10.
Discounts:
  • Some free or low-cost clinics, such as the NYC Free Clinic[5] and the Clinic at Brackenridge[6] in Austin, TX, offer access to specialist care. The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services has a tool[7] to find a federally funded health clinic. If a nearby clinic does not offer urology care, they can provide a referral.
Shopping for a cystoscopy:
  • A urologist should perform a cystoscopy. The American Urological Association has a urologist locator[8] by zip code. It is important to make sure the doctor is certified by the American Board of Urology[9] .
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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cost of cystoscopy
Amount: $1,700.00
Posted by: davidrp1961 in ravenna, OH.Posted: November 3rd, 2013 01:11PM
Medical Center: akron general med.centerPhysician:
for a 3 minute cystoscopy they charge my insurance 1700.00.out of that i have to pay 324.00..ridicules.
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External Resources:
  1.  www.kcurology.com/
  2.  healthcarebluebook.com/page_Results.aspx?id=85&dataset=MD
  3.  healthcarebluebook.com/page_Results.aspx?id=87&dataset=MD
  4.  www.mayoclinic.com/health/cystoscopy/MY00140
  5.  nycfreeclinic.med.nyu.edu/information-for-patients/schedule-appointment
  6.  www.seton.net/locations/brackenridge/services
  7.  bphc.hrsa.gov/technicalassistance/taresources/slidingscale.html
  8.  www.urologyhealth.org/urology/findurologist.cfm
  9.  www.abu.org/
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