C-section birth prices vary widely by metro area

The median price for C-sections varied across metropolitan areas in 2016, ranging from $20,721 in San Francisco to $4,556 in Knoxville, Tenn., according to a report released April 30 by the Health Care Cost Institute.

The institute examined 2016  healthcare prices focusing on about 40 core-based statistical areas or metro areas, using commercial claims data from health insurance companies.

The institute looked at the total allowed amounts (paid by insurer and patient) of six common services: C-section birth, vaginal delivery, a common blood test, a screening mammogram and physician office visits for new and established patients.

The highest median prices for C-sections by metro area:

1. San Francisco: $20,721

2. San Jose, Calif.: $15,220

3. Portland, Ore.: $15,085

4. New York City: $13,830

5. Denver: $13,658

6. Philadelphia: $13,337

7. Los Angeles: $12,931

8. Indianapolis, Ind.: $12,555

9. Seattle: $12,310

10. Orlando, Fla.: $12,000

The lowest median prices for C-sections:

1. Knoxville, Tenn.: $4,556

2. Memphis, Tenn.: $5,870

3. New Orleans: $6,396

4. Tulsa, Okla.: $6,475

5. St. Louis: $7,126

6. Baltimore: $7,396

7. Louisville, Ky.: $7,449

8. Kansas City, Mo.; Kansas City, Kan.: $7,524

9. Tucson, Ariz.: $7,733

10. Oklahoma City: $7,742


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