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What is the average cost for a colonoscopy?

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In 2012, the average cost of a colonoscopy in the United States was $1,185, according to the New York Times. This does not include charges for sedation by an anesthesiologist, which is often used.

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Over 10 million Americans have colonoscopies performed each year, the New York Times states. They are the most expensive screening tests for healthy individuals. The total annual cost for these procedures is over $10 billion, as of 2012.

For both men and women, the death rate from colorectal cancer is dropping, reports the American Cancer Society. This is partly due to more precancerous polyps being discovered and removed during routine colonoscopies. In addition, when colorectal cancers are detected earlier, treatment is more successful.

The average cost of colonoscopy is $3,081, as of 2015. It can be lower by as much as $1,000 if insurance coverage is applied. If there is a need to perform another procedure, such as removal of polyps prior to actual colonoscopy, an additional cost applies.

Virtual colonoscopy, which is a new procedure, costs $1,063 following certain conditions, such as having an age of 50 years or older and the absence of colon cancer symptoms.

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