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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.
Discounts:
  • 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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Diagnostic Mammogram
Amount: $1,357.00
Posted by: Frank Lussier in Bellingham, WA.Posted: February 8th, 2019 07:02PM
Clinic or Doctor: Mt. Baker ImagingInsurance Carrier: Kaiser
Type of Policy: HMO
After insurance deductible, total came to $728.78
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Cost of Annual Mammograms
Amount: $772.00
Posted by: MonaL in Port Clinton, OH.Posted: February 4th, 2019 06:02AM
Clinic or Doctor: Firelands Regional MedicalInsurance Carrier: National General by Aetna
Type of Policy: Short Term Medical
I Had a routine mammogram then had to have the right side repeated(needed a better reading). Insurance said it was not covered in our policy. Firelands Regional Medical charged me $241.00 for the routine mamo, then charged me $256.00 for the repeat on my right side only. Precision Radiology charged me $275.00 to read both of them. Total for yearly mammogram $772.00. The best part is they told me I will need to repeat my mammogram in 6 months. I'm shocked!!!! How do they expect people to pay these fees? It's time things change with health care.
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Mammogram screening
Amount: $924.12
Posted by: Gaby in Fort Lauderdale, FL.Posted: January 23rd, 2019 08:01AM
Clinic or Doctor: Boca Ratón Regional HospitalInsurance Carrier: Florida Blue
Type of Policy: HMO
My insurance payed the bill in April 2018 $140, what I was told back then was the cost of the procedure at the office.
Now, 2019 I’m getting a bill for $784.12 for Scrn Mammography. Called them and they said the $140 was for the doctor’s charges, but this bill is for “Hospital” charges. Just got my LAST mammogram ever in this country.
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Mamogram
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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Mamogram
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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