Breast Cancer Screening: Who Profits from Early Detection? (Guest Post)

Guest Post by Elisabeth Dale  Elisabeth Dale is “changing the world, one boob at a time.” She is the founder of The Breast Life and author of bOObs: A Guide to Your Girls, a humorous and informative book about breasts. You can learn more about her book and her mission at https://www.thebreastlife.com. This post is reprinted with permission from […]

Free or low-cost mammograms: Where to find them

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

Free or low-cost mammograms: Where to find them

(Updated 2022) When we did our project crowdsourcing the price of mammograms with the Brian Lehrer show at WNYC, we heard from some of you that you couldn’t afford a mammogram.  We want  to make you and others aware of free or low-cost mammograms. In this post, part of our series about our crowdsourcing partnership with […]

How much does a mammogram cost? Your insurers’ responses

How much does a mammogram cost? Your insurers’ responses

(Updated 2022) Mammogram costs and insurance companies: We asked what you paid and what your insurance company paid for a routine mammogram. Sometimes it was straightforward: “Provider cost, including technician was $175. My insurance company paid $56.95. My cost zero.” Or this: “So [insurer]  paid $112.46 and I paid $25, totaling $137.46.” But then it […]

When is a mammogram not a mammogram? Different tests, different names

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

SUMMARY: What are the different kinds of mammogram? The most common imaging test for breast cancer detection is the mammogram, but it’s not the only one. A mammogram is an X-ray photo of the breasts. Just as you can see the shadow of your hand on a sunny day, breast tissue creates a shadow on the […]

What’s the price of a mammogram? Our survey with WNYC: $0 to $2,786.95!

What’s the price of a mammogram? Our survey with WNYC: $0 to $2,786.95!

(Updated 2022) What’s the price of a mammogram? Women and their insurance companies are paying wildly varying prices for mammograms, and doctors and clinics are charging wildly varying prices, we found in our crowdsourcing project with the Brian Lehrer show on WNYC. We asked people to send in prices of routine mammograms for our project with […]

Aren’t all mammograms free because of the Affordable Care Act?

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Aren’t all mammograms free because of the Affordable Care Act?

(Updated 2022) So where’s my free mammogram? Aren’t all mammograms free because of he Affordable Care Act? Well, actually, it’s more complicated than that. Some mammograms are covered completely, by either the company or by the insurer. Yet  a lot of people are paying themselves. This is true for various reasons, as we learned somewhat to […]

That mammogram we wanted you to pay for? You can’t pay for it.

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Our friend who was  ordered to get a second mammogram, which was not covered by insurance, wrote to us again (if you missed it, here’s her first post.)  The day of my second mammogram coincided with news of Angelina Jolie’s double mastectomy.  I was convinced I had breast cancer. I had been told that I needed […]

Your doctor ordered a second mammogram? Sorry, it’s not covered

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

A friend writes: I need to get a second mammogram and my $743.55 per month Blue Cross insurance will not pay for it. I have a (single parent/child) Blue Cross/Blue Shield independent Horizon EPO Plus health insurance policy.  I’ve been told that I’ve already reached my maximum for the calendar year of $600 in testing. […]