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How Much Does a Mammogram Cost?

average costWith Insurance coverage: No Charge or Copayhigh costWithout Insurance: $80-$212
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A mammogram is a breast X-ray used for early detection of breast cancer. It is recommended yearly starting at age 40. A clinical breast examination, in which a doctor or nurse examines the breast for lumps or irregularities, is recommended once every three years starting at age 20, then once a year at age 40 and up.

Typical costs:

  • For an uninsured patient, typical full-price cost of a mammogram ranges from $80 to $120 or more, with an average of about $102, according to Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina. Some providers charge more, and some offer an uninsured discount. For example, at the Kapiolani Medical Center[1] in Aiea, Hawaii, where the full price is about $212, an uninsured patient would pay about $127 to $148.
  • Mammograms usually are covered by health insurance for women in the recommended age bracket. Many states require health insurance companies to cover regular mammograms, usually after age 40. The National Women's Law Center offers a state-by-state chart.
  • For women covered by health insurance, some plans require no out-of-pocket expenses, while others charge a copay, generally between $10 and $35.
  • A clinical breast exam is much less expensive, and usually is included as part of a general or gynecological check-up.
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What should be included:
  • The mammogram technician places the breast between two plastic plates, which compress the breast tissue so a clear X-ray can be taken. The procedure takes about 20 minutes.
  • The American Cancer Society[2] offers a primer on early detection of breast cancer. Only two to four of every 1,000 women who undergo a mammogram end up receiving a diagnosis of cancer.
  • In a clinical breast exam, the doctor or nurse manually checks the breasts, lymph nodes and nipples for any palpable irregularities.
Additional costs:
  • Women at high risk for breast cancer, such as those with a known breast cancer gene mutation, should consider getting an MRI each year in addition to a mammogram, according to the American Cancer Society.
  • If an irregularity is found, more testing or follow-up testing might be required. About 10 percent of women who have a mammogram require more tests, usually just another mammogram. However, about 8 to 10 percent do require a biopsy.
  • During the month of October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, some community or women's groups offer free or very low-cost mammograms, sometimes using a mobile clinic. To find a program, call the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Breast Care Helpline at 1-800 I'M AWARE (1-800-462-9273). Or contact the YWCA's ENCOREplus[3] program any time for a referral for a free or low-cost mammogram.
  • Visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website to find a program in your area that offers low-cost or free mammograms to uninsured and underinsured women who qualify.
Shopping for a mammogram:
  • If you have health insurance, consult with your general practitioner or gynecologist to get a mammogram and/or a clinical breast exam.
  • Otherwise, check with your local Susan G. Komen for the Cure affiliate to get more information on planned screening events. Or, call your local health department or use the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc.[4] 's online search feature to find a local clinic.
  • For mammorgrams, the American Cancer Society recommends using a facility that performs many mammograms each day, and is authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to perform mammograms.
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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Amount: $210.00
Posted by: Franco in Houston, TX.Posted: August 1st, 2018 02:08PM
Clinic or Doctor: The RoseInsurance Carrier: none
Type of Policy: none
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Amount: $769.00
Posted by: [email protected] in Wausau, WI.Posted: May 27th, 2018 11:05AM
Type of Policy: No insurance
Marshfield Clinic in Wisconsin charges $769. That is $200 more than last year.
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Screening Mammogram
Amount: $556.00
Posted by: MizBecca in Twin Falls, ID.Posted: May 16th, 2018 01:05PM
Clinic or Doctor: St. Luke's ImagingInsurance Carrier: none
Type of Policy: n/a
I told them up front I was self-pay. There were absolutely no deductions allowed; they claimed that's what they charge the insurance companies. If I pay the full amount within 30 days, I get a 25% reduction (anyone have $417 laying around?). So if you are self pay in Idaho, apparently you can take the hit on your credit card to get the 25% discount (and pay interest) or you don't get the screening or you default on your payment.
I know they give a discount to insurance companies. I was told it was the same discount I get if I pay the full bill within 30 days. Not true; the MOST Blue Cross of Idaho would ever be charged is in the $350 range--or less!
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Mammogram and Ultrasound
Amount: $500.58
Posted by: Irene J. in Chicago, IL.Posted: March 9th, 2018 02:03PM
Clinic or Doctor: Northwestern MemorialInsurance Carrier: BCBS
At 38, I needed a mammo screening due to pain. I had not met my deductible so had to pay out of pocket $500.58 for a screening mammo which all primarily went to the facility (equipment charges). The doctor fee was $452.00 and the hospital equipment/technical fee was $800.00. Screening was negative, but sure ended up with a hefty bill.
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Screening mammogram
Amount: $62.00
Posted by: DPaulson in Blacksburg, VA.Posted: February 28th, 2018 11:02AM
Clinic or Doctor: Lewis Gale ImagingInsurance Carrier: Self pay
Type of Policy: None
They gave me an 88% discount for being self-pay. The 2-D mammogram would have been $55, but I 'splurged' on the 3-D at $62.
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John muir charges $2,192.50 for a mammogram
Amount: $2,192.50
Posted by: a user in Walnut Creek, CA.Posted: February 1st, 2018 03:02PM
Clinic or Doctor: Insurance Carrier: blue cross
Stay far away from John Muir imaging. $1,788.50 facility fee and $404 imaging fee. My insurance said it would be $0 covered, but they're covering about 1/4 of it.
I think I'll take my chances with the cancer rather next time.
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Guess I wait for the boob truck
Amount: $600.00
Posted by: BCBS boobs in Phoenix, AZ.Posted: November 18th, 2017 09:11AM
Type of Policy: BCBS PPO
I walked out of the appointment this was after hanging up on the person who told me it would be $300/breast since they needed to do 3D and ultrasound. Mind you, I had this same procedure done years ago and it was included in my insurance and a family history of lumpy boobs, including my history of fiborous breasts. All normal results. So at the age of 37, women’s doctor asks for it. I then get call oh and here’s what you gotta pay...I told the lady at Simon Imaging to cancel it and hung up phone.
So lady doctors call me back and I explain, the health insurance will pay for it if it’s a “screening” oh but not if it’s a diagnosis.
So doctor switches orders to be “screening” forgetting to leave cyst defection in orders leading them to tell me at appointment they can’t do a screening they could lose their license and the insurance wouldn’t cover it.
Thanks Blue Cross you factor in women death into making us fork out this on a regular basis, if theirs a place in hell its insurance
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mammogram and ultrasound
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: [email protected] in Chicago, IL.Posted: September 12th, 2017 11:09AM
Clinic or Doctor: Northwestern MemorialInsurance Carrier: Aetna
Type of Policy: PPO
At 29 I had a hip fracture from running too much on hard surfaces. An over-zealous geriatrician decided it might be from breast cancer that had spread to the bone. Boy did I have a hard time convincing the radiology office to schedule my mammo at 29. Then, because I have dense breasts, I had to have an ultrasound. All with no findings of any cancer. At that point, all was covered after I met my deductible (since I'd had surgery for the hip two weeks prior). I am grateful they checked everything out but, yeah, hospital and in office procedures kick money back to the doctor's practice. Be wary of what you are advised and do your research. BTW that surgery was billed at $15K of which my insurance then paid $8K. The same surgery would be billed at $30K today. Doctors used to make slightly more than normal pay. Thank our education costs and greed for the price hikes.
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Diagnostic mammogram
Amount: $772.00
Posted by: Suzi Leonard in Hendersonville, NC.Posted: August 16th, 2017 09:08AM
Clinic or Doctor: Hendersonville Radiological ConsultantsInsurance Carrier: Medicare
Type of Policy: Medicare
I'm stunned at the cost for this procedure. Plus another $1018 for ultrasound on both breasts. $1790 for the two procedures! No wonder this country's health care is out of control. Nice that Medicare covered 89% of this, nonetheless, it appears to me that the medical complex is fiscally raping the United States of America. (I returned 18 months ago from living out of country for 23 years. I may be zipping away for my future health care.)
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Outrageous costs for follow up mammogram
Amount: $730.00
Posted by: Ridiculous cost for "needed" tests in San Luis Obispo, CA.Posted: July 9th, 2017 12:07PM
Type of Policy: Blue Cross PPO
Went for preventive mammo (covered 100 percent). I turned down a 3D mammo, recommended by mammographer but not covered on my plan. I went with standard Mammo. They found something and followed up with (diagnostic) mammo and ultrasound. I had to pay $125 on the spot for these 2 additional tests. I was not happy about it but had no choice. Now I receive an additional bill for $440 from facility for procedures and another $80 from radiologist for reading the ultrasound. In my opinion, it's outrageous for someone to pay $730 for "diagnostic" procedures when nothing was wrong. How is it possible for health insurance companies to not cover more of the cost when a woman is told she "needed" these tests? The cost here, is WAY more than tables suggest for my area, and I stayed in network. How was I to know that this diagnostic procedure, was not covered by my insurance beyond the $125 I had to pay to get the "diagnostic" tests? No wonder more women do not have mammograms. Too expensive.
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So much for free mammograms in NYS
Amount: $295.00
Posted by: Seity in Ithaca, NY.Posted: June 29th, 2017 01:06PM
Clinic or Doctor: Cayuga Medical CenterInsurance Carrier:
Type of Policy: FFS
Went for my first ever routine mammogram after turning 40. The radiologist took extra look at one spot. Billed $653 to insurance as diagnostic. Won't be going back for a followup in 6 months just to line some radiologists pocket.
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Mammogram Costs - HUGE discrepancy between the article and reality??
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Jill Zander in Omaha, NE.Posted: June 23rd, 2017 04:06PM
Clinic or Doctor: Insurance Carrier: None
I'm surprised I haven't seen any comments on this, but um, there is juuuust a tad bit of a discrepancy between what this article cites and what patients are paying... The site says an average of $250-$300. Yet many patients are citing over $1k - $2k!!! How can there be that big of a gap? Either someone isn't in touch with reality, or hospitals apparently are allowed to just bill you whatever the hell they want!! I'm shopping for a 3D mammogram, but am now very worried about these surprise costs!! Any thoughts or insight into why there is such a huge gap between the article and the testimonies, and how to avoid going deep into debt just to get a checkup? Thanks!
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Diagnostic versus routine mammograms
Amount: $640.00
Posted by: mari T in GLENBROOK , IL, IL.Posted: May 7th, 2017 07:05PM
Clinic or Doctor: Northshore ILInsurance Carrier: Cigna
Type of Policy: PPO
I got the same charges as DT and it ended up on a bill for $640, never go to Northshore Hispital for any medical, they are looking to get money from your insurance and make you to believe that you are sick and you need all kind of check up. Your bill will be so high, they make you pay for what you don't have
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Radiologist charges ridiculous!
Amount: $345.00
Posted by: Lori Z. in Canton, OH.Posted: April 27th, 2017 10:04AM
Type of Policy: self pay
My local hospital in Ohio discounted my mammogram by 49% since I am self-pay. That brought it down to about $150. But then the radiologist bill came for $345! They did say they would give me a 20% discount if I paid in full today. Not happy about this unexpectedly high fee! Is this the norm?
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3 d mammogram
Amount: $627.00
Posted by: Kathleen Page in Winfield, IL.Posted: April 13th, 2017 07:04AM
Clinic or Doctor: Central Dupage HospitalInsurance Carrier: Aetna
Type of Policy: Managed Choice Open Access
Aetna sucks! Given the run around on the phone as well as erroneous info. Referred to clinics that don't exist. Told they would cover this expense 100% then when I asked for it in writing changed their tune and said it is not a covered expense and stuck me with the bill.
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diagnostic mammogram + fine needle aspiration of breast cyst in NW Indiana
Amount: $1,500.00
Posted by: absolutely astonished--is dealing with a mass a rich person's luxury? in Valparaiso, IN.Posted: March 13th, 2017 07:03PM
Clinic or Doctor: Porter RegionalInsurance Carrier: United
Type of Policy: PPO
Went for preventive mammo (covered 100 percent) and thought I was doing my bit by turning down a 3D mammo, recommended by mammographer but not covered on my plan. Had the standard digital mammo instead, they found something and recommended a follow-up (diagnostic) mammo and ultrasound. For this, provider billed a whopping $1,500.00--why, I have no idea since this is WAY more than tables say it should cost--and insurance paid most. But they got me on the next step: a fine needle aspiration of a breast cyst with the possibility of biopsy if necessary. For this, the cost was also around 1,500.00 and 99 percent of it was billed to me b/c I have a $1500.00 deductible. Why was I not given a headsup? The cost here, too, is WAY more than tables suggest for my area, and Porter is in my network. I am happy with the health care providers, but simply not the communication about cost. How was I to know that this procedure, which I thought was diagnostic, would come out of my deductible?
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Diagnostic mammo and ultrasound
Amount: $715.00
Posted by: Angie Northrop in Wickenburg, AZ.Posted: January 22nd, 2017 09:01PM
Type of Policy: Work insurance
Cancelled diagnostic and ultrasound as i dont have money to pay. Breast pain and dr feels small lump. Whats seems crazy these are not covered on insurance.
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Mammo and Ultrasound-Charged $2,495.00, Insurance covered $2,121.68
Amount: $373.32
Posted by: Aggravated in Milwaukee, WI.Posted: November 15th, 2016 05:11PM
Clinic or Doctor: Aurora Women\'s Health PavillionInsurance Carrier: GEHA/ UNITED Healthcare
Type of Policy: Standard Option Medical FEHB
Backstory- 33 yr old female. Breast cancer runs in my family. My normal doctor found something of concern and said I should have it checked out. I had a mammogram and ultrasound and was astounded at the cost itself, but that which is passed down after insurance. I know I'm under 40, but doesn't preventative care lessen the chance of crazy cancer related bills in the future? Also this is on top of paying $3,000/yr (myself and husband) and a $700 deductible. I'm sure others plans are worse but health care has just gotten out of control. I can't imaging having to go for anything serious when considerable more routine tests cost this much. And they want me to go back in 6 months for a follow-up. Not. This is why I hate the heatlh care system and avoid it like the plague as long as possible and pray I have no serious health issues.
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cost in Seattle
Amount: $532.00
Posted by: ldellis in Seattle, WA.Posted: October 21st, 2016 09:10AM
Clinic or Doctor: SwedishInsurance Carrier: lost because of obama
It was a 3D image. They can't tell you the cost before you go.
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MAMMOGRAM and Ultrasound
Amount: $965.00
Posted by: Crystal Hunter in Cincinnati, OH.Posted: October 19th, 2016 02:10AM
Was told by hospital the cost was 220.00 for dignostic mamogram. When I went to pay the bill. I was told it would be mailed i called they said it was 1,090.00 they gave me a discount for not having insurance which made the bill 649.00 a day later they sent another bill for 316.00 for reading the x-ray
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Mammogram in rural Austin County Texas
Amount: $379.00
Posted by: Ticked off Texan in Bellville, TX.Posted: September 1st, 2016 10:09AM
Clinic or Doctor: CHI St. Joseph, BellvilleInsurance Carrier: Reserve Nat'l. Indemnity
Type of Policy: Indemnity
I chose my health insurance due to it being available to cover worldwide, not just Texas. The only other choice was Obamacare, not quite old enough for Medicare, and already retired. Obamacare is not accepted in the larger hospitals, and it is acceptionally expensive, doesn't cover much. I found paying in cash, to be cheaper than putting it through on my policy, then claiming a reimbursement (which thoroughly confused the hospital when I asked for an itemized coded bill to send to my insurer). Even paying cash seems prohibitively expensive!!! The online estimates for top price for a mammogram in my area was $250.00. Obamacare has done nothing but drive prices up for those of us who used to be able to afford insurance, forcing many who were covered to drop their policies; so it has done nothing but cause more to be uninsured......
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3D mammogram
Amount: $836.00
Posted by: Marietta Crawford in Lewisville, TX.Posted: April 30th, 2016 09:04AM
Clinic or Doctor: SolisInsurance Carrier: BCBS
Type of Policy: ppo
The hospital where i had my 3D mammogram charged my insurance company $836 which they denied bc they said that Solis did procedures that where not asked for.( normally it would have cost $80 to $120)
At first the hospital said that extra procedures were done and for me to check with my doctor which i did. She ordered a regular yearly mammogram nothing else. Now the hospital claim that my insurance changed their policy and will not pay for 3D mammograms, which they did last year. I checked with my insurance company and they informed me that NOTHING has changed. I feel that the hospital is doing some sneaking business and charging ins companies for things that we not done, but the part that really chaps me is that they are going to charge me if the ins does not pay this amount. I feel so betrayed by the system. I would have been better off saying that I didnt have insurance! I think this is discrimination against those who are insured.
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Amount: $1,722.00
Posted by: Ram in Jersey City, NJ.Posted: April 20th, 2016 10:04AM
Clinic or Doctor: care pointInsurance Carrier: horizon blue cross
Type of Policy: PPO
had scheduled Mammo for my wife, routine, they told u all covered, its fine. went there got done for my wife. They send bill for $1722.00. Insurance negotiated paid $118. they bill me for rest. they must be kidding, Rip OFF.
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3D Mammogram
Amount: $1,200.00
Posted by: a user in Plymouth, MI.Posted: March 3rd, 2016 10:03AM
Clinic or Doctor: Doctor ReferredInsurance Carrier: BCBS
Type of Policy: PPO
I would like to know who really regulates these rules - No one seems to know - The staff who bills talks to the billing staff however neither care if the insurance companies pass $ $ $ to the insured - The insured has to check with local, state and nat'l rules now just to know what is going on - No one Helps - Frustrating ! !
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Diagnostic Mammogram
Amount: $660.00
Posted by: Enlightened and Surpised in Chicago in Chicago, IL.Posted: December 1st, 2015 09:12AM
Clinic or Doctor: Insurance Carrier: BCBS
Type of Policy: PPO
Told technician I had felt a lump. Did not know that changed the mammo from screening to diagnostic, with accompanying changes in coverage. With my insurance, no charge for screening. Very shocked at this; tech and doctor did not tell me of differentiation or give me the chance to say I'd go somewhere else.
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Ripped off
Amount: $664.00
Posted by: NM in 21234, MD.Posted: October 15th, 2015 11:10AM
Type of Policy: Cigna
I went for annual GYN appt, found a lump that doctor was confident it was probably from a prior breast reduction but doctor sent me for a mammogram just to be safe.
I am now stuck with a $664 bill because it was diagnostic and I am not 40. I've fought with Cigna, Advanced Radiology and doctors office with zero success. Such a deterrent for any further procedures!!!
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Denied mammography due to age and birth
Amount: $35.00
Posted by: Joseph Jennings in Tulsa, OK.Posted: September 10th, 2015 07:09AM
At age 32 my wife went to have a lump on her breast checked out. She was told that beings she just gave birth it is more than likely her milk beginning ton dry up. Further given her age ins. would not cover the mammography. Six months later she is diagnose STAGE IV invasive ductle carcinoma and given 6 moths to live. She fought heroic for next 5-1/2 years. Our laws NEED TO CHANGE. To hear your children (ages 6 & 7) scream and cry for losing their mother is wrong, especially when it can be avoided. Please visit this website and help us change the laws by signing and telling everyone you know. Together we can help empower all the women and men the power to choose life.
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Cost of mammogram
Amount: $901.81
Posted by: MLS765 in Batesville, IN, IN.Posted: May 20th, 2015 08:05AM
Clinic or Doctor: Margaret Mary HospitalInsurance Carrier: Blue Cross Blue Shield
Type of Policy: PPO
Bill was 1196.01, BCBS said they could only charge 901.81. Really?? I pay $2000 a year for insurance and this is it. It was CONSIDERED a diagnostic mammogram because I turned 40 and my OB/GYN said I needed to have one.
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Amount: $0.00
Posted by: ss2104 in Boson, MA.Posted: April 20th, 2015 12:04PM
Clinic or Doctor: Insurance Carrier: BCBS Massachusetts
Mine cost me zero this year because I'm not doing it every year. I don't smoke, not overweight, no family history. The clinic I go to apparently needs "rich" customers to support all those getting free health insurance living in free housing in my city. With my $30 copay and $2000 deductible I can't see donating money for a device with a shoddy record of finding cancer early on.
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Mammogram and Ultrasound
Amount: $1,214.14
Posted by: Po'd in Cali in Palo Alto, CA.Posted: March 2nd, 2015 08:03AM
Clinic or Doctor: Palo Alto Medical FoundationInsurance Carrier: Health Net & Cigna
I was referred for a mammogram and ultrasound for a lump that my primary care giver found. Because I am a little over a year too young, my insurance covers nothing.
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Digital Mammography - NOT COVERED
Amount: $550.00
Posted by: Taking Polaroids next time in Jacksonville, FL.Posted: January 25th, 2015 06:01PM
Clinic or Doctor: Baptist SouthInsurance Carrier: BCBS FL
Type of Policy: PPO
The $550 was for the mammogram. That amount does not include the radiologist reading it, facility fees, etc. The archaic mammogram -- the one that takes the bad pictures that don't distinguish between "normal margins" and "bad-news bad margins" are free. Oh, the digital came back negative for any cancer and positive for WTH!!!!! But hey - Cancer treatment is covered.
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Costs Seem Much Higher Than Before
Amount: $430.00
Posted by: Stephanie W Cypress in Cypress, TX.Posted: December 22nd, 2014 10:12AM
Clinic or Doctor: Cypress Fairbanks Medical CenterInsurance Carrier: Cigna
Type of Policy: Diagnostic Mammaogram
My mother had breast cancer more than 7 years ago and it was considered sporadic cancer. However, my OB sent me to a breast specialist last year and I go ever 6 months. He wants me to do a Diagnostic Mammogram and I scheduled the appointment for December 18th.
I asked them about out-of-pocket charges but they did not call me back until December 17th to tell me I would have to pay $430 and that doesn't include radiologist charges and other separate charges. This really pisses me off because they want us to do screening each year but then the cost is getting higher which makes it pretty hard to afford.
I know I paid half that price last year.
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3 D Mammography Not Covered
Amount: $492.00
Posted by: Sue T in Oconomowoc, WI.Posted: December 4th, 2014 06:12AM
Clinic or Doctor: Oconomowoc Memorial HospitalInsurance Carrier: Humana
Type of Policy: PPO
Beware of your policy terms if you have 3D mammography. My plan, through my employer, does not cover "new, unproven technology", so will not cover a 3D mammogram unless medically indicated. My Dr. ordered the mammogram at the hospital, where there is only one machine. It is a 3D machine. Unless I knew this, and asked my Dr. if there was somewhere else to go to get a regular mammogram, then I am stuck with the charge.
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Cost of Annual Mamograms
Amount: $1,014.97
Posted by: elizabeth cahill in Baltimore, MD.Posted: November 18th, 2014 01:11PM
Clinic or Doctor: John Hopkins Med CenterInsurance Carrier: Cigna
Type of Policy: Consumer Choice
Had routine mammogram then an ultrasound ( needed a better reading). Insurance first said they would not pay because it was coded Diagnostic. After several conversations with Johns Hopkins and Cigna, Cigna said it was because I had not reached my deductible of 1500. I was charged 417.93 for mamogram and 597.04 for ultrasound. I am responsible for 868.69 which doesn't include the Doctor's portion of the bill.
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