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cost was posted 05/28/2015 09:18 am by Anonymous
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In the US, the cost will vary a lot depending upon where you get it. My father's test was most expensive when it was done by Quest Diagnostics, and was cheaper when it was done by a lab in the clinic/hospital. If you have it done by a lab in the clinic/hospital, you will get a discount when you tell the billing office you are paying out of pocket. For us, it was 20% but this varies a lot.

Fortunately, my Dad's private insurance paid for it in the end. Medicare does not pay for it for 'screening' as you want to do.

But the cheapest option if you have to pay out of pocket is to just go to one of the private outpatient sights where you can pay to do the test yourself without doctor involvement. Here it costs $69. I suspect there will be an additional fee for the tech to draw your blood, but I'm not sure. Often these places are cheaper than if you do the test in a clinic/hospital setting.

http://requestatest.com/cancer-antigen-ca-19-9-test

However, I recommend doing the first test at your hospital/clinic. Then it becomes part of your record. You can call the billing office directly before hand to see what it will cost. The HCPCS code is 86301 (so they can look it up). Maybe you'll be lucky and insurance will cover it.

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