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The Cost of Procedures

In this article, we want to offer an overview of the cost of common medical procedures in the US. More importantly, are these tests always necessary, and what might be some alternatives?

For our digital nomad patients, we often think outside of the box to find clinically sound and affordable solutions.

Colonoscopy

A colonoscopy is an endoscopy of the colon. Another similar test might be an upper GI endoscopy to examine the stomach or esophagus.

The cost of such a procedure is often in the $1,000 range. It can be anywhere from $700 all the way up to $2,000.

The minor complications might be bleeding or pain. But more serious complications, such as a tear in the colon or esophagus, are possible.

Breast Biopsy

Breast masses are common, and fortunately, most are benign. When they look suspicious on a mammogram or ultrasound, a breast biopsy is needed.

In the US, such a biopsy and the analysis by a pathologist will cost around $4,500. It would include the removal of the mass or cyst.

Prostate Biopsy

Like breast masses or suspicious imaging, a prostate may need multiple biopsies. It’s not common for anything to be removed from the prostate; therefore, these prices are only for the biopsy.

The cost is around $2,500 for multiple biopsies to be performed on a prostate suspected of malignancy.

EKG

We order many EKGs, and especially in a virtual practice, it’s good to know where to go to have this done.

Though some watches and personal health devices can give a patient an electrical readout of the heart, these often aren’t adequate.

An EKG can cost anywhere from $25 to $50 and might have a service fee of $50 which may be called a facility fee. Many imaging centers will perform an EKG, and some laboratories as well.

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