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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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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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