How Much Does a Colonoscopy Cost?

Colonoscopy prices can differ by thousands of dollars. Want to know who has the lowest price?
Here’s what the pricing picture looks like for just one metro area.


Colonoscopy: endoscopic evaluation of the colon, which may include a biopsy and/or removal of a lesion.  An endoscopic colonoscopy on the large intestine or bowel is used to find ulcers, colon polyps, tumors, inflammation, and bleeding.  The procedure is recommended for all adults starting at age 50 and then again every 10 years or so due to the higher risk of colorectal cancer in later years.  The recommended frequency for a colonoscopy test also depends on various risk factors.  Colon cancer is the 3rd most common cancer in the U.S.

Colonoscopy prices depend on a number of factors, including a patient's insurance plan details, type of facility where the procedure is performed, and who applies the anesthetic.  Colonoscopies cost less for example at a doctor's office than at a surgical center.  Hospitals are the most expensive place to have a colonoscopy performed.  Sites that report estimates or average costs for colonoscopies do little to help save consumers money.  Pricing Healthcare helps patients compare hospital and physician prices for medical procedures in a given area – actual prices paid by real people.