Costliest Cities

Pricing for the Same Medical Services is All Over the Map (Literally)

This interactive map analysis displays variations in price for eight common medical services across and within major U.S. cities.

Lipid panel
Preventive primary care visit
Head/brain CT scan
Lower back MRI
HPV Test
Preventive gynecological exam
OB/GYN follow-up visit
Routine vaginal delivery NEW
Cesarean section NEW

Source: Castlight Health. The primary source of data used for this analysis is medical claims data. Castlight augments this data with other data including: publicly available data, provider information, and actual provider rate sheets that list the negotiated price between a provider and an insurer. Castlight then applies proprietary algorithms to obtain the provider prices used for this analysis. Prices are defined as the employee cost-sharing plus the amount paid by the employer.


(1) Displayed prices are representative of in-network providers.

(2) 2015 prices are displayed for the following medical services: Head/brain CT scan, HPV test, lipid panel, lower back MRI, mammogram, OB/GYN follow-up visit, preventive gynecological exam, and preventive primary care visit.

(3) 2016 prices are displayed for the following medical services: Cesarean delivery and routine vaginal delivery.