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How Much Does Urinary Tract Infection Treatment Cost?

 
average costWith Health Insurance: 10%-50% Coinsurancehigh costWithout Health Insurance: $300 or Less
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Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are common, occur more frequently in women and usually are caused by e.coli bacteria that get into the urethra. When infection has spread from the urethra into the bladder, it also is known as cystitis or a bladder infection. A UTI usually is easily treated, but can spread to the kidneys, in which case hospitalization might be required. Symptoms of a UTI can include frequent urge to urinate, pain and burning in the bladder and fatigue.

Typical costs:

  • For patients covered by health insurance, costs typically consist of a doctor-visit copay, a lab copay and a prescription drug copay --totaling less than $100, depending on the insurance plan. If hospitalization is required, costs could include a hospital admission fee of $100 or more, as well as coinsurance of 10% to 50%, which could reach the out-of-pocket maximum. Urinary tract infection treatment is usually covered by health insurance.
  • For patients not covered by health insurance, treatment for an uncomplicated urinary tract infection typically costs less than $300 for a doctor visit, urine culture, antibiotics and an analgesic for pain. For example, at CVS MinuteClinic[1] , the exam fee for a UTI is $79-$89, but a primary care physician might charge $100 or more. The fee for the urine culture typically adds about $30-$45. The cost varies greatly depending on where a patient seeks treatment -- a clinic typically is the least expensive option, and treatment at a hospital emergency room can cost hundreds of dollars. For example, the Patient First Wellness Center[2] in Las Vegas charges $60, not including antibiotics and medication, and the Monroe Street Medical Clinic[3] in Washington state, charges $88. And, according to Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield, an urgent care center visit for a UTI costs about $90, while a visit to an emergency room for the same problem costs about $465.
  • Antibiotics for a UTI typically range from less than $10 to $60 or more, depending on which antibiotic is prescribed and whether generic or name-brand is used. And an over-the-counter UTI analgesic costs about $10.
  • However, for a severe infection in which the kidneys have become involved and hospitalization is required costs can reach $20,000 or more. For example, at Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Center[4] in Lincoln, NE, hospitalization for kidney and urinary tract infections can cost $5,700-$21,400, depending on the severity of the infection and length of stay. And at Baptist Memorial Health Care in Memphis, a urinary tract/kidney infection costs about $13,600- $21,800.
Related articles: Incontinence Treatment, Overactive Bladder Treatment, Kidney Stone Treatment, Cystoscopy

What should be included:
  • In order to diagnose a urinary tract infection, a doctor will need a mid-stream urine sample collected in a sterile container. Antibiotics commonly used to treat UTIs include: amoxicillin, doxycycline, trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole (Bactrim, Septra) or ciprofloxacin (Cipro). Treatment usually lasts a week. The analgesic phenazopyridine, which can be purchased over-the counter, typically is recommended to be taken for one to two days, at the same time antibiotics are started, to relieve UTI pain. Common brand names are AZO and Uristat.
  • The National Institutes of Health has an overview[5] of urinary tract infections and treatment.
  • A UTI can travel through the ureters and cause a kidney infection. If the infection is severe, and/or if the patient is vomiting or dehydrated, this might require hospitalization for several days, with antibiotics administered by IV. The Mayo Clinic[6] offers information on kidney infections.
Additional costs:
  • Test strips[7] available for about $10 a box at any drug store are about 90% effective at detecting a UTI. A doctor will re-test in a lab to confirm the result.
Discounts:
  • Planned Parenthood[8] offers services on a sliding scale based on income. Or, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services[9] offers a locator for clinics that provide discounted care on a sliding scale.
  • Both Target[10] and Walmart[11] offer $4 prescription programs for generic drugs, and both include antibiotics commonly prescribed for UTIs.
  • AZO[12] , which manufactures UTI urine test strips and over-the-counter UTI pain medication containing phenazopyridine, offers a $1 off online coupon.
  • If hospitalization is required, hospitals often offer discounts of up to 40%or more for uninsured/cash-paying patients. For example, Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children[13] offers a discount of 40% for uninsured patients if full payment is made within 30 days.
Shopping for urinary tract infection treatment:
  • A primary care physician, gynecologist, or a doctor at a clinic or urgent care center, can provide diagnosis, treatment or possible referral for a urinary tract infection. FindUrgentCare.com[14] offers an urgent care center locator by zip code.
  • The Mayo Clinic[15] offers a guide to preparing for a doctor's appointment for a kidney infection.
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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UTI treatment at private dr
Amount: $114.00
Posted by: kywoman in Sebastian, FL.Posted: July 23rd, 2014 11:07AM
Medical Center: Physician: x
Treatment: urine test
My primary physician ordered a urine test but took my word that I had a uti and prescribed Levoquin 500 mg because I am allergic to all other anitbiotics. The dr. copay was $50 with insurance and the prescription was $64 after insurance at Publix. Haven't gotten the lab bill yet. No wonder so many people go untreated
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Native American hospital
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: UTIs suck!!! in Enid, OK.Posted: January 20th, 2014 11:01PM
Treatment: Urinalysis, round of antibiotics.
Lived 45 minutes from Native American hospital. Had very bad symptoms for days. Decided I needed to see a doctor about it. Instead of going to local ER (Sunday, so only ER care is open), I decided to go to Claremore. (free health care for natives which includes me)so basically all I had to pay for was gas there and back. Free prescriptions too. I've also had my wisdom teeth pulled there free of charge.
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UTI Expenses
Amount: $579.09
Posted by: Upset in Abilene in Abilene, TX.Posted: October 9th, 2013 02:10PM
Medical Center: Abilene RegionalPhysician:
Treatment: TEST ONLY
Went to our Dr. (had us walk in did not charge for visit)they sent us down to the lab for UA/culture - test alone was $804.28 insurance paid 225.19 balance was $579.09. Hospital should be ashamed!!!
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Uti treatment cost
Amount: $500.00
Posted by: Girl from Denton in Denton, TX.Posted: February 21st, 2013 10:02AM
Treatment: Short visit and urine test
I went to a hospital in Denton, TX with a UTI. These are common for me, but this one was bad so I had to resort to going to a nearby hospital instead of an urgent care center. I was there for about an hour and all they did was take a urine sample and give me a prescription. $500 after insurance. Ridiculous!
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UTI Treatment cost
Amount: $107.12
Posted by: Patient410 in Lawrenceville, GA.Posted: September 14th, 2012 10:09AM
Medical Center: Doctor office / labPhysician: Gyn
Treatment: Antibiotic
$20 copay for urine sample to Gyn, $85 for labs, free antibiotic @ Publix, $2.12 for analgesic.
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CVS Minute clinic
Amount: $108.00
Posted by: a user in Voorhees, NJ.Posted: June 28th, 2012 10:06PM
Medical Center: CVS Minute ClinicPhysician:
Treatment: Antibiotic and lots of water
Did not have insurance, so I decided to visit a Minute Clinic nearby home. They are quick and inexpensive, compared to ER visits, all in all, $104 was spent on visit and $4 on antibiotics. I highly reccommend going to the minute clinic for a non-serious UTI or bladder infection.
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Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)
Amount: $397.22
Posted by: Ginger in Glenwood, MN.Posted: May 18th, 2012 03:05PM
Medical Center: Glacial Ridge Health SystemsPhysician: ?
Treatment: Short Visit/Antibiotic
We did not have insurance. We are going to contest these fees. They are a small town hospital/clinic -- if they want repeat business, fees should be lowered. Is there a comment section for arrogant doctor!!!
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ER visit
Amount: $1,135.00
Posted by: Richard Berg in Beaumont, CA.Posted: May 15th, 2012 12:05PM
Medical Center: Pass HospitalPhysician: Clark
Treatment: antibiotics.
My daughter was diagnosed with a simple uti at the er and after the insurance was denied we were charged $213.00 by the doctor and $922.00 by the hospital for a 1 hour visit.Probably should have went to urgent care!
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  5.  kidney.niddk.nih.gov/kudiseases/pubs/utiadult/
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