CT scan cost
varies widely. CT scan pricing is not fixed and set at a standard rate everywhere in the world. Each facility sets their own pricing and it varies. However, there seems to be two price ranges that fall under CT Scan cost: the cheaper screening CT scan, also called whole body CT scanning, and the more expensive diagnostic CT scan. The screening CT scan is for the healthy person with no symptoms but just wants to know if there could be anything going on inside that's detectable by CT scan.
These screening CT scans are not provided at every facility but are provieded at facilities that offer CT Scans for screening purposes.
The cost of these CT scans are usually less expensive, around the $300-$700 US dollar range per body part and offered on a cash discount basis. Often, these can be discounted even further if you want to have a full body scan to include your brain, neck, chest, abdomen and pelvis.
The other category for CT scan cost is the diagnostic CT scan. This is one that your doctor orders because there is a need like an injury or a symptom or condition you may have. The price for these scans are in the range of $580-$1,500 per body part scanned. This also varies greatly from place to place even in the same city.
The price goes up for each additional body part scanned. For example, if you needed to have your chest, abdomen and pelvis scanned for medical necessity, it could be as much as $6,000 US dollars or more, especially if contrast is used.
Insurance companies usually do not reimburse or pay for "screening" CT scans because they want to see evidence of medical necessity. This is usually why the services provided are offered as cash discounts.
Prices are higher at hospitals because they have more staff and can specialize in the more sophisticated procedures in CT Scan. For example, if you need to have a CT guided biopsy,the price will increase because of the amount of staff and extra equipment needed for the procedure.
Call and ask for pricing at facilities in your area; some facilities will offer discounts if you pay in cash, even as much as 75%. This could bring the price down well below the thousand dollar range; some where around $580-$420. Cash discounts are often given on top of this price range at some outpatient facilities. If you have insurance, contact your insurance company to see which facilities they're contracted with or which facilities accept your insurance.