A colonoscopy is a procedure that uses a colonoscope, a thin, flexible tube, to inspect the inner lining of your rectum and colon for ulcers, polyps, tumors, inflammation or bleeding. While the procedure itself is fairly standard, the cost for the procedure is not. The figure below highlights the differences in the cost of a colonoscopy both within and between the 20 most populous cities in the U.S.
The average cost of a colonoscopy is lowest in Memphis, TN ($1,666) and highest in San Jose, CA ($3,718). That’s a $2,052 difference in the cost of the procedure just based on whether you live in San Jose or Memphis. A city many may assume would be on the more expensive end, New York, is actually on the lower end, with an average cost for a colonoscopy of $2,062.
Differences in the cost of a colonoscopy within and between 20 most populous U.S. cities
What is perhaps more interesting than the difference between cities is the difference found within cities. San Jose not only has the highest average cost for a colonoscopy but also has the greatest difference in cost. The lowest available cost for a colonoscopy in San Jose is $1,924, while the highest cost is $6,618. That’s a $4,694 difference in cost depending on where in San Jose you have the procedure performed.
The figure is interactive. Hover over the colored bars to get the exact costs in each city as of March 11, 2015.