How much does it cost for a mammogram?

Question by j-e-l-l-o: How much does it cost for a mammogram?
I want my mom to get a mammogram because she is about the age where she should get checked up. However, she doesn’t have insurance. So, I was wondering how much would a mammogram cost for someone who doesn’t have any insurance?

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Answer by Destiny
I am not exactly sure how much it would cost…I guess it would depend on the doctor.

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and many mammography facilities that would normally be full-price are offering free or low-cost exams for women on National Mammography Day which is on October 17.

You can google FREE MAMMOGRAM IN (type your area) and it should direct you to places where she can get one.

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  • Lissacal says:

    I work in a free standing imaging center in Northern California. We charge $ 295 for a mammogram with a CAD (computer-aided detection) reading. This includes the radiologists reading.

    To locate a FDA certified, accredited mammography facility in your area, call the National Cancer Institute at 1-800-4-CANCER. If you do not have health insurance, you have a number of options:

    1. Call your local chapter of the American Cancer Society (number in your phone book) or the national toll-free number, 1-800-ACS-2345. The ACS will be able to tell you about any low-cost or free mammography programs offering screening to women unable to pay for it themselves.
    2. Call your State Department of Health (number in your phone book). Every state now has a Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program funded by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This program offers screening to qualifying women unable to pay for it themselves.
    3. Call the YWCA’s ENCOREplus Program for access to low-cost or free mammograms. To find which YWCA facilities offer this service and if you are eligible, call 1-800-95EPLUS or your local YWCA.
    4. Call the National Cancer Institute at 1-800-4-CANCER for the names of FDA-certified, accredited mammography facilities in your area. If you explain your financial situation, some mammography facilities are willing to work out a lower fee or payment schedule that will make the test more affordable. Ask the facility if they are willing to discuss these options with you.

    October of each year is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and many mammography facilities offer special fees and extended hours during this month.

    If none of those programs can help, my best advice would be to look in your local yellow pages, and make calls for estimated costs at facilities in your area. Prices will vary depending on which state you are in….in fact, the prices can vary quite a bit between facilities in the same area. I work in a free standing imaging center, and we charge about half what the hospital (located in the same town!) charges. Look in the yellow pages under “x-ray” or “physicians – radiologist” and start calling facilities. If you call the imaging department of a hospital, make sure you get both the technical fee (for the cost of the procedure) and the professional fee (for the radiologist’s reading). Most free standing imaging centers combine those costs into one fee. Other things to think about…..find out if the facility offers a cash discount for uninsured patients. Also, find out if they can make a payment plan for you, if you cannot come up with all of the money at the time of your procedure. We ask for 25% down at time of service, and then we do a payment plan, mapping out monthly payments for the balance. Sometimes the monthly payment is fairly low…..$ 50 even. A little bit of research can save you some money!

  • The Oracle says:

    A couple of call to the local health dept. and an internet search might be very helpful. In my area they offer $ 10 mammograms once a year. I’m sure many communities have similar programs.

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