Four common medical procedures cost the same or more in Bergen County on average than they do for our Essex County neighbors, according to data from New Choice Health, a private company that encourages people to become smarter healthcare consumers.
Patch worked with New Choice Health to examine the cost of CT scans, colonoscopies, MRIs and mammograms in Patch communities across the country and found wide disparities. The examination revealed that costs can vary by thousands of dollars even within the same community.
The prices from New Choice Health reflect the “list price” for these procedures – kind of like the sticker price on a car. Health insurance companies often end up getting different discounts and reimbursements depending the arrangements they have worked out with providers.
CT scans, colonscopies and MRIs cost more in Bergen on average than they do in Essex. Mammograms, according to the data, cost the same on average in both counties.
While more costly than Essex, medical procedures in Bergen County are slightly cheaper than the New Jersey average — particularly when it comes to colonoscopies, where Bergen patients pay nearly 60 percent less than the average New Jerseyan (perhaps local hospitals understand the procedure itself is suffering enough).
Check out the interactive table above to see how Bergen County prices compare with Essex County and state averages.