Typical Cost of a Colonoscopy

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The American Cancer Society recommends that everyone over the age of 50 get regular colonoscopies to test for colon cancer. Regardless of the level of health coverage involved, a colonoscopy can cost a patient up to a couple of thousand dollars out-of-pocket.

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Factors

Out-of pocket costs for the patient can vary depending on several factors, such as whether the patient's insurance offers coverage or if any tissue needs to be removed or biopsied during the procedure.

Uninsured

According to the associates at Cost Helper.com, patients that have little or no health coverage can expect to pay anywhere from £1,306 to £2,446 for a colonoscopy.

Insured

Cost Helper.com also claims that patients who have decent levels of health coverage can expect to pay between zero and over £650 out-of-pocket for a colonoscopy. This depends on deductibles and co-pays.

Additional Costs

If any polyps are removed during the colonoscopy, the overall cost of the procedure will increase. Anaesthesia administered to sedate the patient before the procedure begins can also add to the overall cost.

Alternatives

An alternative to a colonoscopy is a flexible sigmoidoscopy. This procedure, which is less expensive because it does not require sedation and only takes about 20 minutes to complete, can cost between £65 and £195. It is less effective, however, as it only allows the doctor to view half of the colon.

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