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Physician Charges: Preventive Services in an Office (Medicare Payments) 2010

Scroll to the download section of the page to find the Excel file for Preventive Services, which shows what physicians submitted for average charges and what they were paid on average in 2010 by Medicare. Types of services: screening mammogram. cervical cancer screen, prostate cancer PSA test ($26 payment on average $85 charge), colonoscopy (most common charge $910, Medicare paid $302 on average), vaccine and vaccination charges, bone density studies, glaucoma screening, diabetes education, smoking counseling, and more. Very difficult file for average consumer. Released Sept. 2011

Physician Payments: Average Cost for 19 Common Services in an Office Setting

Another difficult file to use for find out the average doctor's price for 19 common services such as skin biopsy, nail trimming, skin lesions, take fluid out of a hip, knee or shoulder joint, remove ear wax, knee x-ray, bone density scan, psychotherapy visit, photography of back of eye, EKG cardiogram, cardiac stress test, breathing tests, skin tests for allergies, allergy shots, evaluate need for physical therapy, ultrasound, chiropractor service, new patient office visit (level 3, Medicare pays $61), and established patient office visit with history and exam ($41 average payment). Must know how to use Excel files. Shows average doctors' charges, and what Medicare paid to physicians on average in 2007 for every state. Updated Sept. 2008

Physician: Average Cost for 72 Common Hospital or Surgery Center Procedures (2 files)

Very difficult files for consumers to use unless familiar with Excel. Prices in the two files for 72 Commonly Performed Services cover doctors' charges and what Medicare paid (18% to 25% of submitted charges would be common) during 2007 for breast biopsy, mastectomy, repairing rotator cuffs, fractures, shoulder scopes, upper stomach-intestine scope for diagnosis or biopsy, colonoscopy, stomach tubes, hernia repair, scope of the bladder, kidney stone procedures, prostate needle biopsy, nerve blocks, cataract removal and insertion of lens, post-cataract laser surgery, total hip replacement, total knee replacement, anesthesia charges and prices for surgery, endoscopy and more. Uses CPT codes, and all states are listed. Updated Sept. 2008

Childbirth - Average Total Cost for Having a Baby, 2004 (AHRQ pdf)

The average cost of having a baby was about $7,600 in 2004, according to a report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. The estimate includes actual payments for all prenatal office visits, hospital childbirth (inpatient maternity and newborn delivery), prescription medications and other services for an uncomplicated pregnancy. Uses Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) data; Research Findings #27 published August 2007 (no update available Jan. 2010)

Cosmetic (Plastic) Surgery Prices - Physician Fees, 2010 (pdf)  Editor's Pick

Find the average surgeon's fees and volumes for cosmetic surgery in this online book of national statistics by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Average prices (2009) shown on page 11: e.g. $5332 for tummy tuck, $3500 to $3700 for breast augmentation, liposuction about $3000, eyelid surgery at $2912, breast reduction $5384, facelift at $6629, botox injection at $398, laser hair removal $314. Costs were lower in 2009 than in 2008. Numbers do not include facility fee nor anesthesia cost. Cosmetic surgical procedures increased about 9% in 2010; nonsurgical procedures decreased by 9%. Average number of procedures performed by ASAPS physicians shown for each type. See Quick Facts (pg. 14) for for how long cosmetic surgery or botox procedures or spider vein treatments take, average surgeon's fees, how long before you're back to work, etc. ASAPS active members are Board-certified in Plastic Surgery

Healthcare Expenses for Seniors (MEPS 2006 data)

Special report on Health Care Expenditures for the Elderly Age 65 and over, shows median annual expenditures were $4032 in 2006, vs. $2204 in 1996. Average expenses for those with expense were $9080. Medicare paid about 61%; private insurance paid 14%; out-of-pocket amount was 15%. Nearly 97% of seniors had some healthcare expense, most often office-based care and prescribed medicines. Medications took up 22% of the total, averaging $174 per purchase. For seniors, the inpatient room rate averaged $2714 per day (2006); ER visit was $651 on average; office visit was $180. MEPS Statistical Brief #256, Aug. 2009

How Much Does an Office Visit cost compared to an ER visit?

An average physician office visit in 2008 cost $199, compared to $922 for an Emergency Room visit (median was $89 for doctor's visit, vs. $422 for ER). Top 5 conditions shown for each ambulatory care visit type. Consumers should expect considerably higher prices since 2008. MEPS data published in Statistical Brief #318, March 2011

Maine Charges for Surgery, x-ray, imaging tests (MHDO)

Maine Health Data Organization's HealthCost website shows average charges (prices) and actual average payments for surgery such as knee arthroscopy, tonsillectomy, gall bladder removal, hernia repair, breast biopsy, carpal tunnel, kidney stones, total hip replacement; tests such as colonoscopy, mammogram, x-ray, CT, MRI, ultrasound. Good news is that both physician and hospital charges are shown to give you an idea of total cost (and discounts); CPT codes also shown. Bad news: prices date from 2008-2010, or nearly 3 years old. From maine.gov

New Hampshire Costs - Outpatient Surgery, Tests and Maternity

Shows typical prices for many outpatient procedures, plus inpatient maternity care. NH Health Cost shows expected average cost for over 30 common tests and ambulatory surgeries including colonoscopy, mammogram, ER visit; chest x-ray or x-ray for spine, shoulder, knee, ankle, or foot; bone density scan, CT scan (3 types), MRI for back, brain, knee, or pelvis; myocardial imaging; arthrocentesis, arthroscopy of knee, breast biopsy, destruction of lesion, outpatient gall bladder surgery, hernia repair, kidney stone removal, tonsillectomy, breast ultrasound, and other maternity ultrasound tests, births. Site uses 2010-2011 costs increased for price inflation, common language instead of requiring codes, and includes physician fees. Must supply zip code and insurance information (or no insurance). Report by The NH Department of Insurance updated 2012

South Carolina - Average Medicaid Payments for Health Care Services - 2007

SC Department of Health & Human Services shows how much the state paid for Medicaid costs, by type of service. Average amount paid per visit (July 2006 to June 2007) is shown statewide for Inpatient Hospital Services ($7500), Clinics ($1168), Nursing Home Facilities ($25,403), Pharmacy, Physicians, Dentists ($266), DME and more. Consumers can also compare what each provider was paid, by clicking on SELECT, although services may differ among Medicaid patients. Full charges (prices) are NOT shown. Medicaid Transparency Reporting project has very slow response time; 2007 latest available as of March 2011

Vermont - Insurance Reimbursement for Office Visits 2010  Editor's Pick

Find out the average amount 3 insurance companies (Blue Cross, Cigna and MVP) paid for office visits, well child care, preventive visits, strep tests, immunizations, EKGs, injections, and more. Shows average Allowed Charge also. Jan.-June 2010 data from state of Vermont, published Dec. 2010

Virginia Healthcare Prices (2011)  Editor's Pick

Find average price PAID for 30 common healthcare services, including hospitalizations (maternity), outpatient xray/imaging, CT and MRI tests; colonoscopy, mammogram; inpatient or ambulatory surgery (e.g. hernia, gall bladder, knee replacement, tonsillectomy, kidney stones); and ER or office visits. Shows facility cost PLUS the surgeon or other physician fees. Each service shows the average allowed amount that you or your insurance plan paid in 2011. More comprehensive than most pricing information. From Virginia Health Information (VHI), updated Nov. 2012

VT Hospital Physician Office Visit Prices 2011

Compare what hospitals in Vermont charge for physician office visits. For example, code 99213 averages $116 (range $93 to $163) for an established patient; code 99214 average price is $175. New patient prices also shown. If non-hospital medical groups exist in VT, their fees are not shown. Provided by state of Vermont; prices good thru Sept 2011.

What is the healthcare cost for influenza? (MEPS data)

Data from 2001-2003 flu seasons show 1.5 percent of the population reported treatment of influenza. Average expenditures were $52 for drugs, $116 for ambulatory care, and $397 for hospital ER visit (for those who used these services), shown in 2003 dollars. Consumers are advised to inquire about 2009 prices, which could easily be at least 23% higher from inflation alone. MEPS Statistical Brief #116, March 2006

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