New study urges patients to do research for best price medical procedures

A new study urges patients to shop around for the best price for medical procedures, following research from health tech firm, Castlight Health, showing wide disparities between prices for 8 common medical services in Broward and Miami-Dade counties.

Miami and Broward was named among the 10 most expensive cities for 4 of the 8 common procedures.

The average cost of a mammogram, for example, is $307 for a member of an employer-funded health care plan in Broward and Miami-Dade counties, making the region the ninth-most expensive for that procedure of the 30 largest cities identified in the study.

But within Broward and Miami-Dade, mammogram prices for insurance policyholders and their employers ranged from $96 to $510.

This is the second year Castlight has produced the comparison, based on millions of claims processed through a health benefits portal it manages for companies across the U.S., said Eric Mann, the company’s vice president of product marketing.


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