Costs for a cardiology test can vary significantly in price (from around $150 to $5,000) depending on the type of test that is ordered by your doctor. A Bayonne cardiology clinic said there are 8 different tests to select from. However, a recent study revealed that many cardiologist order test unnecessarily and are often inclined to order the most expensive form.
A simple EKG (electrocardiogram) to monitor electrical activity of the heart comes in at the lowest price range ($150). However, some hospitals will charge as much as $1,200 for the same test. So prices don’t just depend on the type of test but also where it is performed. An EKG alone is the least ordered test by cardiologists.
Stress tests are more standard to test for heart conditions. These tests involve stressing the heart and then monitoring activity in order to identify problems. Stress test can either be physical or chemical.
Physical stress tests normally involve running on a treadmill while the heart is monitored with an EKG and echo-cardiogram. Chemical tests involve the use of a radioactive dye use in conjunction with an echo-cardiogram to monitor heart activity. Both can be used in conjunction with nuclear testing.
The chemical test is the most frequently ordered as it is faster and believed to be more effective than the treadmill test but is also much more expensive. Treadmill stress test cost around $200 whereas a chemical stress test can set you back $5,00. However, this is a controversial issue as there is little evidence that the chemical test is better than the treadmill test.
Another controversial issue is whether cardiology test are actually necessary and an effective means of diagnosis. In some cases, tests could lead to misdiagnosis and in many cases the tests are simply unnecessary and are ordered far too often by doctors.
Most medical insurance policies will cover the total or partial cost of a stress test. This depends on the type of insurance policy as well as the provider. It is recommended to get pre-authorization for the test and find out how much of the cost will be covered before undergoing the test.
If you do not have medical insurance or your policy does not cover the full cost, it is best to discuss your options with your cardiologist. He can either order a cheaper test like the treadmill option or could refer you to another hospital where the tests are performed at a lower cost.