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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: $500.00
Posted by: a user in willard, OH.Posted: July 29th, 2017 07:07AM
Physician: greg vigessaMedical Center: mercy willard ohio
after medicare paid i still owed 501 dollars
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child's echocardiogram
Amount: $793.00
Posted by: Neal Palmer in San Diego, CA.Posted: June 19th, 2017 10:06AM
Physician: ?Medical Center: Rady Children's San Diego
45 minutes spent with a tech. Billed for $3548. Down to just under $800 after the insurance limits. The tech is probably getting paid about $50k/year. Oh, and they are incredibly busy, because we had to wait more than 6 months for the appointment!
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Healthcare Scam
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Kajan in Tampa, FL.Posted: May 20th, 2017 01:05AM
Physician: Oncologists/SurgeonsMedical Center: Numerous
The scam waged on the patient is the ancillary providers found if they didn't belong to any insurance plans they could bill 100% even though the hospital or clinic is a plan participant. Not only did the oncologist charge me per visit, they charged me for blood test separately, at their office, and additional charges for a shot the next day. I hit all my deductibles the first day, I should have paid nothing. I also contracted MRSA the first day and because they caused additional treatment, my self-funded insurer got $80,000 back for the additional treatment, surgeries and hospitalizations, I lost all my savings and 401k, my job, and eventually my coverage. One cardiologist in Tampa was part of a plan, his brethren explained the benefit on none participation. As a participant he billed and was paid $500,000+ per year. As a non participant he billed Aetna and was paid for the same consults $2.3 Million the next year! The Tampa Bay Times listed it under the title, "Signs of Armmegedon
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Echocardiograph for 4 year old
Amount: $5,704.00
Posted by: RajeshB in Middletown, DE.Posted: April 9th, 2017 02:04PM
Physician: Dr. Deepika ThackerMedical Center: Nemours Pediatrics Delaware
Our daughter has a bicuspid aortic valve that was detected at 7 months age. She is perfectly healthy and we showed the pedetrician/ cardiologist the report. But our pedetrician insisted we get it evaluated. Well we went after prelim. research thinking that our out of pocket expenses (with high deductible plan) would be within $1000. Lo and behold, the insurance company was billed $5704 for 30 mins transthoradic echocardiograph using 3 codes. My responsibility is $2800. Is this unethical, daylight robbery or what? For a diagnosis we already knew about. The cardiologist interpretation was charged another $594 ( insurance negotiated price is $286) What are my options here?
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TTE 93306
Amount: $1,208.00
Posted by: C. V. Wynne, M.D. in Asheville, NC.Posted: February 14th, 2017 08:02AM
Physician: J.R. Foley, M.D.Medical Center: Mission Hospital
Went for echo at cardiologist's office. Hadn't met deductible and my BCBS estimate online was $408 done in doctor's office. Well, the cardiology office had been acquired by Mission Hospital so they charged their rate which was ~$1980. My insurance said I was responsible for $1208. Three times the rate and it was actually done inside the cardiologist's office. This has got to be unethical, why do the insurance companies pay at three times the rate for the same procedure? I am a retired physician and can't understand how they justify this.
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Echocardiagram
Amount: $1,770.50
Posted by: a user in Ann Arbor, MI.Posted: December 19th, 2016 12:12PM
Physician: Scott Andrew Kelley, MDMedical Center: U of M Echocardiogram Clinic
$1947 was billed to my insurance, ended up being adjusted very slightly. I thought the 20 minute test would be $300 max after looking up my insurance benefits. I won't make that mistake again. Doesn't explain the absurdly high charge still. I know people were charged even more too and this really is robbery and a non transparent system. The machine may be expensive but a 20 min test and probably less than 20 min doctor interpretation does not cost this much.
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Echocardiogram
Amount: $3,174.00
Posted by: a user in Louisville, KY.Posted: December 8th, 2016 11:12AM
Physician: Dr. StaceyMedical Center: Baptist Health
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Echocardiogram
Amount: $8,412.65
Posted by: S.K. in Los Angeles, CA.Posted: July 7th, 2016 04:07PM
Insane. Was referred by primary doctor to cardiologist, who was supposed to accept my insurance. Primary doctor was worried about my A-Fib that turned up during routine physical. Today, 2 weeks later, saw claim result online. My insurance pays nothing says out of network. code 93306 for $8,412.65. Now I have heart trouble after seeing amount not paid. So I am sure this will be a long, crazy fight to get the price down. Right now, my heart is ticking on overdrive because of this bill. Obviously, had I know this would have happened, I would have made other plans.
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Echocardiogram
Amount: $4,202.63
Posted by: slcasey in Denver, CO.Posted: August 27th, 2015 08:08AM
Physician: unknownMedical Center: University of Colorado Denver
I have an HMO. I was referred to a doctor at UC Denver medical center. I checked to make sure he was under my plan, and he was. My plan paperwork said any tests done while at the doctor's office would be covered. However, I continue to get bills saying they won't cover the costs because they were done at a non-plan facility. I have over $3000 in medical costs I have to pay for one office visit! What good is having insurance? I purposely chose an HMO so I would know my costs up front. I have never had to pay this much in medical bills, even for several days in the hospital as an inpatient. I tried to negotiate a lower price, and they said that I already had been given a discount.
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Billed by Hospital AND Physician's office - is this not fraud??
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Pissed ! in Louisville, KY.Posted: July 7th, 2015 06:07PM
Physician: Pediatric CardiologyMedical Center: Kosair's Childrens
Cardiology group joined Univ. of Louisville physician's group since the last checkup. Bills with codes:
Code 0480 (Kosair) echo $2437 after insurance adjustment.
CPT 93303-26 (MD office) - $585
CPT 93320-26 (MD office) - $410
CPT 93325-26 (MD office) $290.
***The tricky thing is that the previous year the Echo was done in the MD's office. The MD codes and prices WERE EXACTLY THE SAME!! The ONLY difference is that I did not have to pay the hospital for an echo that was done 1 door down from the MD's office. How is this not fraud?? Someone please explain.
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Hb Cardia Echo Lap
Amount: $5,913.81
Posted by: beeg in Doylestown, PA.Posted: April 8th, 2015 12:04PM
Physician: Medical Center: CHOP
I took my child to see a doctor due to heart pain, he said he would like to do an ultrasound. Thinking that ultrasound costs only a few hundred dollars, I said ok, go ahead. The bill came, it was $5,913.81. The insurance negotiated down to half the cost, so I was on the hook for $2,956.91, paid entirely by me. I've never spent this much without doing any research. If the doctor it was an echocardiagram, I would have asked how much it cost, and research to see if it costs less in another hospital or clinic, before doing the test. And from all the comments here, this is by far THE MOST expensive one listed.
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TTE w/Doppler
Amount: $1,019.00
Posted by: Insurance nerd in Austin, TX.Posted: March 10th, 2015 10:03AM
Physician: Dr. Arthur SmithMedical Center: Heart Hospital - St. David's Medical
My husband was experiencing heart palpitations and extremely high blood pressure due to stress. My mother-in-law whose been an RN for 40+ years referred him to her cardiologist. He went for 1 visit which resulted in 5 claims on my insurance. We have a high deductible plan so the insurance company made the adjustment to what was billed but we are still on the hook for the remainder. Had my husband known before hand the cost of this Echocardiogram then he would have declined. We've received 4 other bills all in the 180 - 230 range for the same office visit.
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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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Complete transthracic 2d with doppler and colorflow
Amount: $3,430.50
Posted by: Sickandtired in Dover, DE.Posted: November 11th, 2014 06:11AM
Physician: Medical Center: Christiana Care HL
My portion is $1486.05. This test was performed on son because he could not pass physical for baseball in college. Turns out it was stress and anxiety from beginning college. Pretty expensive to find out what we already knew. I hate our healthcare system. You can never figure out what they are billing you for. I can imagine how much the older folks have paid that they should not have because they do not understand all the jargon. Shameful.
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echocardiogram
Amount: $290.00
Posted by: a user in orlando, FL.Posted: November 11th, 2014 06:11AM
Physician: dr greenwoodMedical Center: orlando reginal medical center
I did not know that the tech was a member of the hospital ,before they were dr office employees
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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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