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Shopping for Health Care Makes “Cents” for Consumers

This data brief looks at per capita out-of-pocket spending rates nationally and statewide and examines average differences in consumer prices for a set of five common medical procedures: office visit for the evaluation of a new patient, colonoscopy, cataract removal, lower leg MRI; and ultrasound for pregnancy nationally and in nine states: Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, New Jersey, Ohio, Texas, and Wisconsin. It finds consumer out-of-pocket spending for common health care procedures can vary from $10 to nearly $1,000, depending on the procedure.