Cost of COVID screenings spike during tripledemic: 7 healthcare price trends to know

Cash prices for COVID-19 screenings spiked in December during the tripledemic, according to the most recent U.S. Health Care Price Index released Jan. 10.


The index features cash pricing data for routine medical services in every state. It uses data from cash pay healthcare marketplace Sesame.

Here are seven things to know about month-over-month price changes from the index:

1. The national average price for a screening rose 7 percent to $44.08 from a November average of $41.23.

2. The most affordable COVID-19 appointments in December were in Florida at $36.67, on average.

3. The most expensive were in Connecticut at $100 on average, while the next-highest prices were in Illinois at $53.

3. Primary care telehealth visits climbed 1.4 percent month-over-month to $41.20.

4. Texas was the most affordable state for primary care telehealth, with a $37.14 average.

5. The most expensive average primary care telehealth prices were $56.10 in neighboring Louisiana.

6. Prescription refills rose 1.5 percent to $40.85.

7. Despite falling since September, mental health consult prices rose 50 cents on average in November to a national average of $44.87.

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