Studies have shown that irrational prices exist in a variety of healthcare procedures—from MRIs and cholesterol tests to knee replacement surgeries and angioplasties. Now, we can add an array of women's health services to the list.
Women with employer-sponsored health insurance living in Dallas pay from $50 to $1,045 for a mammogram, according to an analysis from Castlight Health, a publicly traded company that helps employers manage health benefits and examine healthcare prices. Dallas has the largest variation of the 179 metropolitan markets studied.
New York City is close behind. Women pay between $130 and $1,898 for a mammogram in the Big Apple. The price of a mammogram for privately insured women in Los Angeles varies from $86 to $954. Castlight defined prices as the amount the employer paid and what the employee paid in cost-sharing, such as their copay or deductible.
“The healthcare system in America today just does not have transparency,” said Eric Mann, vice president of product marketing at Castlight. “It does not have transparency for price. As or more importantly, it doesn't have transparency for quality.”