Castlight Health has published its second annual U.S. Costliest Cities Analysis, which shows astonishing variation for prices of medical procedures. This year’s report focuses on women’s preventive health:
Mammogram. Nationwide for a mammogram, a woman could pay anywhere from $43 to $1,898 for the test, a 44x difference. With some of the country’s largest cities, the clear indication is that women in larger metropolitan areas are being charged wildly varying amounts for a critical preventative test. For example:
- In Dallas, which has the nation’s widest range, a woman could pay anywhere from $50 to $1045, roughly a 21x difference.
- In New York City, the price can vary between $130 to $1,898, roughly a 15x difference. New York also has the most expensive mammograms in the entire country.
- In Los Angeles, a simple mammogram could cost anywhere from $86 to $954, an 11x price variance.
- The San Francisco Bay Area ranged from $129 to $860, a 6x difference.
OB/GYN Follow-Up Visit. Minneapolis and Seattle were the most expensive cities for an OB/GYN follow-up visit, and Phoenix and Las Vegas were the cheapest.
Preventative Gynecological Exam. The San Francisco Bay Area was the priciest for both a preventative gynecological exam and an HPV test, where it was on average 6x more expensive than Charlotte, NC for both.
HPV Test. In Philadelphia, the price of an HPV test ranged from $32 to $626, a 19x difference.