How much does medical treatment actually cost?

May 10, 2009

Sure, life is full of risks, particularly when it comes to our health.  And, it really doesn’t matter how old you are – health risks threaten every person on earth.  But, how much do health problems actually cost?  GradGuard has a great chart that explains how much common medical situations for young adults will actually cost:

Medical Treatment Description Cost
A common cold, office visit You feel rotten, go to the doctor and are told to go home, get plenty of rest and drink fluids. $80
Sore throat, office visit Your throat hurts, you go to the doctor. Price includes visit with physician and Strep test. Test was negative. $109
Diabetes check-up You have been diabetic for six years and your diabetes treatment has been going well. This is your annual trip to the clinic to see the doctor for a diabetes checkup, including cholesterol and blood sugars (HbA1c) checks. $535
Diagnosis and treatment of Gonorrhea The prevalence of sexually transmitted diseases is a public health concern. This price includes an office visit, test and treatment of Gonorrhea with an antibiotic injection or oral antibiotic. $215
Allergy shots You have been diagnosed with allergies and go to the clinic each week for a shot. The visit does not include seeing a doctor. $64
Skin cancer diagnosis A black, purple odd shaped mark on your arm requires a consultation with a specialist, biopsy and removal of skin lesion. $1,533
Broken ankle You broke your ankle playing soccer. Includes trip to the ER, X-ray of ankle and applying short leg cast. $1,386
Broken arm Your fell off your bike while riding to class. Price includes ER visit, X-ray, simple cast. $1,386
Diagnose mono You are run down, extremely tired. A trip to the clinic and Heterophile antibodies test shows mono. $152
Cut on the hand You’re using that new knife and you slice into the tendon in your hand. Price includes an ER visit, complicated stitches, tetanus shot if needed. $3,066
PAP test Woman of childbearing age, includes exam by gynecologist, test and reading of results. $229
General physical, charges vary by age: Age 18 to 39; Exam of a person in good health. Simply a physical, not a problem-focused clinic visit. $302

It’s food for thought. Here’s a link for the entire article on the health risks facing young adults.

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