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How Much Does an Echocardiogram Cost?

 
average costWith Health Insurance: Copay or 10%-50% Coinsurancehigh costWithout Health Insurance: $1,000-$3,000+
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An echocardiogram uses ultrasound to look at the heart and can be used for diagnosis and during treatment of various conditions, including congenital heart disease, heart murmurs, heart failure, pulmonary hypertension and heart infection.

Typical costs:

  • For patients covered by health insurance, out-of-pocket cost for an echocardiogram typically consists of a copay or coinsurance of 10%-50%. An echocardiogram typically is covered by insurance when ordered to help diagnose or monitor a heart problem, but not as a routine screening test. For example, United Healthcare[1] covers it for diagnosis and monitoring of a range of heart abnormalities in adults, but does not cover it for screening in the general population, including athletes with no symptoms of heart disease.
  • For patients not covered by health insurance, an echocardiogram typically costs $1,000-$3,000 or more, including a $200-$300 fee for interpretation by a cardiologist. Costs for a standard (transthoracic) echocardiogram tend to fall in the middle of the range, while costs for a stress echocardiogram, which involves exercising on a treadmill, or a transesophageal echocardiogram, which involves inserting a scope down the throat and through the esophagus to get a better view, tend to be on the higher end. For example, Wooster Community Hospital in Ohio charges about $900, not including the interpretation fee, for a standard echocardiogram. St. Peter's Hospital[2] in Montana charges almost $1,200. Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Center[3] in Nebraska charges about $1,400 for a standard echocardiogram and almost $2,000 for a transesophageal echocardiogram, not including interpretation fee. And Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center[4] in New Hampshire charges about $2,200, including professional fees, after a 30% uninsured discount, for a standard echocardiogram. And they charge about $2,800 for a stress echocardiogram.
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What should be included:
  • For a transthoracic echocardiogram -- the most common type -- a technologist places a clear gel on the chest and abdomen and uses a hand-held device called a transducer, which emits sound waves to create images of the heart. The device transmits the images to an echocardiogram machine that creates a moving image of the heart that shows pumping action and structures, including valves and chambers. Later, a cardiologist reviews and interprets the images. The National Institutes of Health offers an overview[5] .
  • Other types include the stress echocardiogram[6] and the transesophageal echocardiogram[7] .
Additional costs:
  • If the standard echocardiogram doesn't provide enough information, the doctor might order a follow-up transesophageal echocardiogram.
Discounts:
  • Some clinics offer imaging and specialist services. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services offers a locator for clinics that provide discounts[8] on an income-based sliding scale.
  • Many hospitals and imaging centers give discounts of up to 30% or more to uninsured/cash-paying patients. For example, Washington Hospital Healthcare System[9] in California offers a 35% discount. And Raleigh Radiology in North Carolina offers a 40% discount for payment made at the time of service.
Shopping for an echocardiogram:
  • A family doctor or cardiologist can make a referral to a hospital or imaging center. Or, the American College of Radiology offers a locator by zip code[10] for facilities that are ACR-accredited in ultrasound procedures.
  • After the procedure, a cardiologist can recommend follow-up treatment or further testing. The American College of Cardiology offers a cardiologist locator by zip code. A cardiologist should be board-certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine[11] and have further training in cardiovascular disease.
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
Cardiac Workup/transthoracic echocardiogram
Amount: $4,000.00
Posted by: cch in Jacksonville, FL.Posted: December 11th, 2014 11:12AM
Physician: Medical Center: Wolfson\'s Children/Baptist
My 17 yr old was experiencing exercise intolerance, getting out of breath after swimming. Got a cardiac consult which included about 1.5 hours: transthoracic echo, EKG, MD consult: result: normal and out of shape. Billed insurance about 4000: shock! Insurance adjustment about 2000. Paid 2000 out of pocket, seemed excessive and was not informed of high cost of echo, which took about 20 min. of tech time, then MD interpretation. We did complain and it is pending.
**If possible, I think get referral to an imaging center, which will have lower prices.
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Echocardiogram
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Jazzie in Portsmouth, VA.Posted: December 3rd, 2014 08:12PM
Physician: Medical Center: Portsmouth Naval Hospital
Thank goodness for the military because I wouldn't have been able to afford it. I wanted a second opinion but it looks like I won't be getting it.
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Echocardiogram IUHealth Methodist Hospital
Amount: $1,910.55
Posted by: Patrick J. McWeeny in Indianapolis, IN.Posted: November 4th, 2014 11:11AM
Physician: Johnson, MichaelMedical Center: IUHealth
Felt high. Was a transthoracic. No stress component until bill arrived.
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Estimated cost of echocardiogram $4209.00 Code 1050092
Amount: $505.08
Posted by: Gordon Ghirardi in Vicksburgh, MS.Posted: November 4th, 2014 06:11AM
Physician: Dr. Paul Pierce IVMedical Center: River Region Med Ctr
Routine echocardiogram cost was a big surprise. I never dreamed it would be $4209. I received a 20% discount for paying my copay at the time of service. It would have been $631.35. I do not know what my insurance company will pay.
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Echocardiagrahm code 93306
Amount: $3,560.00
Posted by: disappointed in Duke in Durham, NC.Posted: June 12th, 2014 06:06PM
Physician: Thomas Bashore MDMedical Center: Duke Health Center at Southpoint
I was with the technician all of 15 minutes. The other 5 was undressing and dressing. This was done at a medical center--NOT a hospital. Just a little clinic. And they billed it as Duke University Hospital Encounter. My portion 562.75. CRAZY!!!! I would have never dreamed it would have been over $600 to begin with.
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Echocardiagrahm code 93306
Amount: $3,560.00
Posted by: disappointed in Duke in Durham, NC.Posted: June 12th, 2014 06:06PM
Physician: Thomas Bashore MDMedical Center: Duke Health Center at Southpoint
I was with the technician all of 15 minutes. The other 5 was undressing and dressing. This was done at a medical center--NOT a hospital. Just a little clinic. And they billed it as Duke University Hospital Encounter. My portion 562.75. CRAZY!!!! I would have never dreamed it would have been over $600 to begin with.
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Echocardiogram
Amount: $1,617.25
Posted by: When will this stop? in Bend, OR.Posted: June 6th, 2014 02:06PM
Physician: Not her faultMedical Center: St. Charles
This is really disturbing. So my son got rheumatic fever. A dr at UC Davis did an echo TWICE, and I paid a whopping $60 for the copay. Those echos cost roughly $800 each, which they billed to the insurance and both were covered. Fast forward one year, we moved to Oregon, and I took my son in for the annual checkup his first dr. prescribed, and I paid $65 (copay) then get a bill in the mail for $1617.25. ??? People, this is like going to a restaurant and in addition to the $65 food bill, you get slapped with a $1617.25 bill to cover the lights, chairs, tables, pens, aprons, pots, pans, and parking lot. Unfathomable that one system could manage to bill it so the insurance we ALREADY fork out $800/month for could help us out, and another one refuses. We applied for a reduction- didn't qualify because we 'haven't lived here long enough'. These things sure would have been nice to know BEFORE the echo was done. Sooooo tired of being jacked around by healthcare systems. It's so messed up.
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Cardiovascular Scheduler
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Cardio Scheduler in COLORADO SPRINGS, CO.Posted: June 1st, 2014 11:06AM
Physician: Medical Center: UCH
As a scheduler for cardiovascular services in a hospital in Colorado, people ask all the time how much a procedure is going to cost before they schedule an appointment. You are always allowed to ask and find out how much it will cost whether you have private insurance, public insurance (Medicare, Medicaid), or are paying for it out of pocket. Our hospital has a "Costline" that we can transfer you to and they will give you all the costs. Some procedures have a cost for the procedure PLUS a cost for the physician reading the results (especially radiological studies). So always be proactive and ask for a cost plus what your insurance will cover!
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Be prepared!! $$$$
Amount: $2,257.00
Posted by: vmm in Indianapolis, IN.Posted: May 9th, 2014 06:05AM
Physician: Dr. KumarMedical Center: St Vincent
Wow. Was totally unprepared when I agreed to have my daughter have a Echo. Was done at the office visit, about 30 minutes. Total charge for procedure and MD reading (not including office visit or ECG) was 3183.00. Having not met our deductible... we pay $2257.00 Wish I would have known of the costs. I would have shopped around for prices first.
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echocardiogram
Amount: $6,049.00
Posted by: High BP in Abington, PA.Posted: May 2nd, 2014 07:05AM
Physician: Medical Center: Abington Memorial
I have high blood pressure and was sent for this test. After seeing this bill my blood pressure skyrocketed. My Insurance paid $5660.00 After adjustments I'm on the hook for $300.00 What a rip off for a 20min, test with a tech who had no experience, just received her cert.
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Sometimes wasted money...
Amount: $300.00
Posted by: Timothy A. Gigliotti in Mt Pleasant, PA.Posted: April 30th, 2014 07:04AM
Physician: I don't want to say right nowMedical Center: Frick Excela Health
My Family Dr recommended an echocardiagram. A regular Thoracic type. I called ahead of time and was told the whole thing would cost about 600.00 and
my cost would be about 100.00 Frick billed be for over 500.00 and when I said i wasn't paying they only lowered it to 300.00 Never said if the test was good, bad, otherwise, if any thing looked bad.
Now the same Dr is recommending another test + a 4-hr stress test and acting like he KNOWS ALL! In 2004 when I failed the stress test, the same outfit did a triple by-pass on me. I don't think I ever saw any good from it. My chest bone never healed to this day and I've never passed a stress test before or after the surgery so why pay for another echo and stress test I'll never let anyone cut me again anyway and I told them but they won't leave me alone. They're indicating that if i don't get the tests, they'll stop giving me the prescriptions they've been prescribing for years to help these problems. Sounds like Excela Health wants MONEY!
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Echocardiogram
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: rwruger in Fishers, IN.Posted: February 16th, 2014 12:02PM
Physician: Dr. PriceMedical Center: St. Vincent
The Echo was performed by a tech in about 15 minutes. An EKG was performed by another tech in about 5 minutes. I waited for each for over an hour and did not get paid. Total charge was $2037 with no coding, no explanation. The insurer discount (Medicare) was $1600 (???) and Medicare paid about $300. The hospital says I owe $108. The U.S. health care system is run by crooks and is a cruel joke.
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cost of echocardiogram
Amount: $3,785.00
Posted by: jessie9090 in richmond, VA.Posted: February 4th, 2014 05:02PM
Physician: Medical Center: VCU Health System
ridiculous
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Echocardiogram procedure code 93306
Amount: $3,332.25
Posted by: Harley in Grafton, WI.Posted: December 24th, 2013 08:12AM
Physician: Dr. Paul WisemanMedical Center: Aurora Advanced Health care
Original bill was an outrageous $4,4430.00 and gave the insurance a $1,100.75 discount and was still an outrageous $3,332.25 for this 20-25 minute test. This one appears to be a higher cost than any I have seen anywhere. Guess I am lucky to have to pay only 10%
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echo cardiogram
Amount: $3,000.00
Posted by: a user in wadena, MN.Posted: December 12th, 2013 06:12PM
Physician: Medical Center: wadena, mn
Overpriced. Compared to what I see here. I feel violated when I look at the bill. They should tell you costs before they administer tests.
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echocardiogram (standard transthoracic)
Amount: $1,768.00
Posted by: Brian P. in Portland, OR.Posted: December 9th, 2013 06:12PM
Physician: Medical Center: Providence
$1598 for ultrasound, + $386 for radiologist. Provider wrote off $216 because charges exceeded what insurance allowed, so final bill was $1768.
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I'm an echo tech
Amount: $390.49
Posted by: Andy Golden in Los Angeles, CA.Posted: November 23rd, 2013 07:11AM
FYI: Medicare reimburses $390 for an outpatient echocardiogram you can check for yourself the identifying CPT code is 93307 and the APC payment is $390.49. There is a regional multiplier to help for different reimbursement levels for different locations but $390 is baseline.
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Echocardiogram procedure code 93306
Amount: $2,100.00
Posted by: CMel in South Lake Tahoe, CA.Posted: November 19th, 2013 09:11AM
Physician: Dr. MehrensMedical Center: Barton Hospital
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Echocardiagram with Bubble Test
Amount: $2,148.00
Posted by: KanMcDan in Idaho Falls, ID.Posted: July 10th, 2013 09:07AM
Physician: Dr. GormanMedical Center: Sandcreek Echo.
I haven't received a bill from my insurance on what I will have to pay out of pocket, but the 2,148.00 was the cash cost, I agree outrageous for 25 min of ultrasound - I just hope it's worth it!
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Echocardiogram
Amount: $30.00
Posted by: a user in Rome, CO.Posted: May 3rd, 2013 07:05AM
It's just absurd you guys pay so much for an wchocardiogram! In Italy we can pay 30-40€ in a hospital and a maximum of 70-100€ if we want to pay a private doctor!!!
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Pediatric echocardiogram
Amount: $2,309.25
Posted by: Ashe83 in Safford, AZ.Posted: February 19th, 2013 12:02PM
Physician: Brian BlairMedical Center:
My daughter needed a echocardiogram and they charged 2103.00 just for the echo and 854 for the dr consult and another 122.00 for and EKG. It's just wrong. The doctor was in there maybe 10 minuets. I was figuring maybe 500-1000 for the procedure and 150-200 for the doctor consult. Out portion was 2309.25.
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echocardiography 2-d doppler color-flow, complete
Amount: $2,769.00
Posted by: cpg in Casper, WY.Posted: January 11th, 2013 04:01PM
Physician: Dr. Alan WicksMedical Center: Wyoming Cardiopulmonary Services P.C.
This seems just outrageous for approx 25 minutes of ultrasound work.
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Echocardiagram
Amount: $750.00
Posted by: PSVT scare in Chicago, IL.Posted: February 23rd, 2012 02:02PM
Physician: Dr. NaveedMedical Center: Jackson Park Hospital
I was billed $750.00 for my echo testing only because I was taken by ambulance and admitted to the nearest hospital. My regular hospital was miles away and the paramedics said I needed treatment right away. I'm glad they took me. My life is worth it!
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