Colonoscopy Cost for Uninsured

If qualifications, cost or your personal choices prevent your participation in a government-assisted or private health care plan, a colonoscopy is still an important part of preventive care. The anticipation of paying out-of-pocket for a colonoscopy can be disconcerting, but remember that you are the consumer. Shop around for your colonoscopy by calling hospitals and surgery centers to compare services and costs. Ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) are often less than half of the cost of a hospital when it comes to colonoscopy procedures. ASCs often have a patient payment estimator that estimates the cost for which you will be responsible.

You should inquire about the following fees:

  • Pre-procedure consultation (if required)
  • Physician fee
  • Anesthesia fees
  • Any relevant pathology fees (in case you have a polyp that needs to be removed and examined)
  • Facility fees (which covers all medical professionals, equipment and processes required for a colonoscopy)

There are resources available to you if you are uninsured, such as ColonoscopyAssist. Colonoscopies can be priced above the $3,000 mark in many areas of the country, but programs like ColonoscopyAssist can help reduce your cost to just over $1,000. Although this still sounds expensive, most colonoscopies only need to be repeated every 10 years. Furthermore, the cost of a colonoscopy is minimal compared to ongoing treatment for colon cancer. Preventive care is always worth the investment because you are enhancing your quality of life. Other resources for low-cost or free colonoscopies are Colon Cancer Alliance and your state's public health organizations.