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Key Sources

American Cancer Association
https://www.cancer.org

American Heart Association
https://www.heart.org

American Stroke Association
https://www.strokeassociation.org

ICSI: Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement
https://www.icsi.org

NCLBI: National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (a division of NIH.org):
https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov

Asthma Attack

Average Medical Cost

Diagnosis & Treatment: Asthma Attack Diagnosis & Treatment., Mayo Clinic Staff. Last Updated August 02, 2019.
http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/asthma-attack/diagnosis-treatment/treatment/txc-20257835.

Asthma costs the US economy more than $80 billion per year, American Thoracic Society. Published January 12, 2018.
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/01/180112091212.htm.

Costs of diagnosis and treatment(s) are based on:

Transport - Ambulance Ride (1): $366.00
Source: http://cost-finder.com/what-is-the-cost-of-ambulance-transport/.

ER - ER Visit (1): $1,500.00
Source: http://doi.org/10.5334/aogh.2412.

Treatment - Nebulizer (1): $250.00
Source: https://health.costhelper.com/albuterol-inhaler.html.

Treatment - Albuterol (5): $160.00
Source: https://www.healthcarebluebook.com/ui/proceduredetails/med/529?g=Albuterol.

Treatment - Hospital Stay (1): $5,040.00
Source: http://www.ahdbonline.com/articles/652-article-652.

Treatment - Corticosteroids (5): $725.00
Source: https://icer-review.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Asthma-Final-Report_FOR-PUBLICATION.pdf.

Follow up - Doctor Visit (12): $888.00
Source: https://icer-review.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Asthma-Final-Report_FOR-PUBLICATION.pdf.

Total Cost: $8,929.00

Breast Cancer

Average Medical Cost

Diagnosis: Breast Cancer Early Treatment & Diagnosis: Breast Biopsy. American Cancer Society, 2018. Last revised: October 1, 2018.
https://www.cancer.org/cancer/breast-cancer/screening-tests-and-early-detection/breast-biopsy.html.
Assumes early stage diagnosis.

Treatment Paradigm: Treatment of Breast Cancer Stages I-III, American Cancer Society, 2018. Last revised: June 5, 2018.
https://www.cancer.org/cancer/breast-cancer/treatment/treatment-of-breast-cancer-by-stage/treatment-of-breast-cancer-stages-i-iii.html.
Assumes early stage 2 diagnosis.

Costs of diagnosis and treatment(s) are based on:

Diagnostic - Mammography (1 digital diagnostic): $234.00
Source: https://ww5.komen.org/News/Komen-Study-Unveils-High-Cost-of-Diagnostic-Tests.html.

Diagnostic - Biopsy with Ultrasound guidance (1): $1,250.00
Source: https://www.diagnosticimaging.com/breast-health-ultrasound/ultrasound-guided-breast-biopsy-gains-popularity.

Treatment - Lumpectomy (1): $17,944.00
Source: https://www.healthcarebluebook.com/ui/proceduredetails/288?directsearch=true&tab=ShopForCare.

Treatment - Radiation (1): $33,905.00
Source: https://health.costhelper.com/mastectomy.html.

Treatment - Oral Chemotherapy (6): $20,574.00
Source: https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamaoncology/article-abstract/2661763cancer-some-economic-considerations.

Treatment - Intravenous Chemotherapy (6): $5,310.00
Source: https://www.webmd.com/breast-cancer/treatment-chemotherapy#1.

Treatment - Breast Reconstruction (1): $25,182.00
Source: https://www.newchoicehealth.com/procedures/breast-reconstruction-surgery.

Follow up - Doctor Visit (24): $5,160.00
Source: https://www.healthcarebluebook.com/ui/proceduredetails/226?directsearch=true&tab=ShopForCare.

Total Cost: $109,559.00

Assumes early stage 2 breast cancer.

Broken Leg

Average Medical Cost

Broken Leg Diagnosis & Treatment, Mayo Clinic, June 06, 2018.
https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/broken-leg/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20370416.

Costs of diagnosis and treatment(s) are based on:

Transport - Ambulance Ride(1): $366.00
Source: http://cost-finder.com/what-is-the-cost-of-ambulance-transport/.

ER - ER Visit (1): $1,389.00
Source: https://www.debt.org/medical/emergency-room-urgent-care-costs/.

Diagnostic - X-Ray (1): $240.00
Source: https://www.newchoicehealth.com/procedures/leg-x-ray.

Treatment - Open reduction surgery (1): $3,655.00
Source: https://www.alliedacademies.org/articles/the-cost-of-quality-open-reduction-and-internal-fixation-techniques-versus-percutaneous-kwire-fixation-in-the-management-of-extraa.html.

Post-Treatment - Walking cast (1): $226.00
Source: https://health.costhelper.com/crutches.html.

Post-Treatment - Crutches (1 set): $228.00
Source: https://health.costhelper.com/crutches.html.

Wellness Maintenance - Doctor Visit (3): $645.00
Source: https://www.healthcarebluebook.com/ui/proceduredetails/225?directsearch=true&tab=ShopForCare.

Wellness Maintenance - Physical Therapy (7 visits): $525.00
Source: https://thervo.com/costs/physical-therapy-cost.

Total Cost: $7,274.00

Colorectal Cancer

Average Medical Cost

Diagnosis: Early Detection, Diagnosis, Staging: Colorectal Cancer Screening Tests, Cancer.org, 2017. Last revised: May 30, 2018.
https://www.cancer.org/cancer/colon-rectal-cancer/detection-diagnosis-staging/screening-tests-used.html/.
Assumes early stage 2 diagnosis.

Treatment Paradigm: Treating Colorectal Cancer, Cancer.Org, 2018. Last revised: February 21, 2018.
https://www.cancer.org/cancer/colon-rectal-cancer/treating/ablation-embolization.html.
Assumes early stage 2 treatment.

Costs of diagnosis and treatment(s) are based on:

Diagnostic - Colonoscopy (1 screening): $4,358.00
Source: https://gastrocenternj.com/colonoscopy-cost/.

Follow up Diagnostic - Sigmoidoscopy with Biopsy (1): $2,875.00
Source: https://www.verywellhealth.com/colon-cancer-screening-for-the-uninsured-797587.

Treatment - Laparoscopic Colectomy (1): $13,337.00
Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30327915.

Treatment - Intravenous Chemotherapy (1): $3,962.00
Source: https://www.webmd.com/colorectal-cancer/chemotherapy#1.

Treatment - Oral Chemotherapy (1): $2,633.00
Source: https://www.ajmc.com//journals/issue/2019/2019-vol25-n6/cancer-care-spending-and-use-by-site-of-provideradministered-chemotherapy-in-medicare.

Treatment - Hospitalization for Chemotherapy (1): $9,244.00
Source: https://www.healthcarebluebook.com/ui/proceduredetails/H155?directsearch=true&tab=ShopForCare.

Wellness Check - Follow Up Visits (24): $5,160.00
Source: https://www.healthcarebluebook.com/ui/proceduredetails/225?directsearch=true&tab=ShopForCare.

Total Cost: $41,569.00

Assumes early stage 2 colorectal cancer.

Heart Attack

Average Medical Cost

Heart Attack, WebMD. October 31, 2019.
https://www.webmd.com/heart-disease/guide/heart-disease-heart-attacks#1.

Costs of diagnosis and treatment(s) are based on:

Transport - Ambulance Ride (1): $366.00
Source: http://cost-finder.com/what-is-the-cost-of-ambulance-transport/.

ER - ER Visit (1): $1,758.00
Source: https://www.healthcarebluebook.com/ui/searchresults?SearchTerms=emergency%20visit&Tab=ShopForCare.

Diagnostic - EKG (1): $1,750.00
Source: https://www.newchoicehealth.com/procedures/electrocardiogram.

Diagnostic - EKG (1): $9,027.00
Source: https://www.mdsave.com/procedures/cardiac-catheterization-with-and-without-coronary-angiogram/d785fec8.

Treatment - Cardiac Stent (3 days in hospital + HCP fees+ anesthesia) (1): $24,211.00
Source: https://www.healthcarebluebook.com/ui/proceduredetails/188?directsearch=true&tab=ShopForCare.

Treatment - CABG (Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting) (1): $46,972.00
Source: https://www.healthcarebluebook.com/ui/proceduredetails/49.

Follow Up - Doctor Visits (7): $1,505.00
Source: https://www.healthcarebluebook.com/ui/proceduredetails/225?directsearch=true&tab=ShopForCare.

Follow Up - Cardiac Rehab (3 visits): $1,137.00
Source: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/317510038_Cardiac_Rehabilitation_Costs.

Medication - Medications (anti-coagulant) (1): $299.00
Source: https://www.healthcarebluebook.com/ui/proceduredetails/med/1292?g=Savaysa.

Medication - Heart Medication costs (1): $400.00
Source: https://health.costhelper.com/heart-surgery.html.

Wellness Maintenance - Blood Pressure Kit (1): $68.00
Source: https://health.costhelper.com/blood-pressure-monitor.html.

Total Cost: $87,425.00

Leukemia

Average Medical Cost

Diagnosis: How is Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia Diagnosed?, American Cancer Society, 2018. Last revised: October 17, 2018.
https://www.cancer.org/cancer/acute-lymphocytic-leukemia/detection-diagnosis-staging/how-diagnosed.html.

Treatment: Typical Treatment of Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia, American Cancer Society, 2018. Last revised: October 17, 2018.
https://www.cancer.org/cancer/acute-lymphocytic-leukemia/treating/typical-treatment.html.

Costs of diagnosis and treatment(s) are based on:

Diagnostic - CBC Blood Test(1): $30.00
Source: https://www.howmuchisit.org/cbc-blood-test-cost/.

Diagnostic - Bone Marrow Aspiration and Biopsy (1): $351.00
Source: https://www.healthcarebluebook.com/ui/proceduredetails/56.

Diagnostic - Lumbar Puncture (spinal tap) (1): $445.00
Source: https://www.healthcarebluebook.com/ui/proceduredetails/375?directsearch=true&tab=ShopForCare.

Treatment - Chemotherapy (intravenous chemotherapy costs typically include the doctor fee, drug administration fee, drug cost and possibly facility fee, depending on how it is administered) (1): $31,251.00
Source: https://www.lls.org/leukemia/acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia/treatment/chemotherapy.

Treatment - Acute Leukemia = 4 Day Hospital Stay (1): $12,120.00
Source: https://www.healthcarebluebook.com/ui/proceduredetails/H157?directsearch=true&tab=ShopForCare.

Treatment - Immunotherapy (1): $21.00
Source: https://www.healthcarebluebook.com/ui/proceduredetails/203.

Treatment - Transplant of Bone Marrow (allogenic) (1): $49,608.00
Source: https://www.healthcarebluebook.com/ui/proceduredetails/583?directsearch=true&tab=ShopForCare.

Treatment - Oral Chemotherapy (1): $1,791.00
Source: https://www.lls.org/leukemia/acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia/treatment/chemotherapy.

Planning - Radiation Planning (1): $399.00
Source: https://www.healthcarebluebook.com/ui/proceduredetails/167?directsearch=true&tab=ShopForCare.

Planning - Radiation (1): $482.00
Source: https://www.healthcarebluebook.com/ui/proceduredetails/171?directsearch=true&tab=ShopForCare.

Follow Up - Doctor Visit (24): $5,160.00
Source: https://www.healthcarebluebook.com/ui/proceduredetails/226?directsearch=true&tab=ShopForCare.

Total Cost: $101,658.00

Lung Cancer

Average Medical Cost

Diagnosis & Treatment: Treatment Choices for Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer, by Stage, Cancer.org, 2018. Last revised: December 7, 2018.
https://www.cancer.org/cancer/non-small-cell-lung-cancer/treating/by-stage.html.
Assumes Stage 2 lung cancer, multiple rounds of chemotherapy and recovery time on a yearly basis.

What’s New in Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Research? Cancer.org, 2018. Last revised: October 1, 2018.
https://www.cancer.org/cancer/non-small-cell-lung-cancer/about/new-research.html.
Assumes Stage 2 lung cancer, multiple rounds of chemotherapy and recovery time on a yearly basis.

Costs of diagnosis and treatment(s) are based on:

Diagnostic - X-ray (1 Chest): $66.00
Source: https://www.healthcarebluebook.com/ui/proceduredetails/137?directsearch=true&tab=ShopForCare.

Diagnostic - Chest CT Scan (1): $656.00
Source: https://www.healthcarebluebook.com/ui/proceduredetails/139?directsearch=true&tab=ShopForCare.

Diagnostic - Chest MRI (with/without contrast, HCP & tech fees (1): $1,216.00
Source: https://www.healthcarebluebook.com/ui/proceduredetails/419?directsearch=true&tab=ShopForCare.

Diagnostic - Bronchoscopy (1 with biopsy): $2,397.00
Source: https://www.healthcarebluebook.com/ui/proceduredetails/363.

Diagnostic - Lung Biopsy: $875.00
Source: https://www.healthcarebluebook.com/ui/proceduredetails/286?directsearch=true&tab=ShopForCare.

Treatment - Lung Surgery (lobe removal) (1): $24,508.00
Source: https://www.healthcarebluebook.com/ui/proceduredetails/45?directsearch=true&tab=ShopForCare.

Treatment - Oral Chemotherapy (5): $7,080.00
Source: https://www.drugs.com/price-guide/etoposide.

Treatment - Intravenous Chemotherapy (5): $2,505.00
Source: https://www.cancer.org/cancer/lung-cancer/treating-non-small-cell/chemotherapy.html.

Treatment - Double Lung Transplant (19 day hospital stay, HCP fees, post op & anesthesiology) (1): $121,506.00
Source: https://www.healthcarebluebook.com/ui/proceduredetails/588?directsearch=true&tab=ShopForCare.

Treatment - Radiation (1): $482.00
Source: https://www.healthcarebluebook.com/ui/proceduredetails/171?directsearch=true&tab=ShopForCare.

Follow Up - Doctor Visit (24): $5,160.00
Source: https://www.healthcarebluebook.com/ui/proceduredetails/226?directsearch=true&tab=ShopForCare.

Total Cost: $166,451.00

Assumes Stage 2 lung cancer, multiple rounds of chemotherapy and recovery time on a yearly basis.

Pneumonia

Average Medical Cost

Diagnosis & Treatment: Diagnosing and Treating Pneumonia, American Lung Association, 2018. Last revised: April 2, 2018.
https://www.lung.org/lung-health-and-diseases/lung-disease-lookup/pneumonia/treatment-and-recovery.html.

Costs of diagnosis and treatment(s) are based on:

ER - ER Visit (1): $1,129.00
Source: https://www.healthcarebluebook.com/ui/searchresults?SearchTerms=emergency%20visit&Tab=ShopForCare.

Diagnostic - X-Ray (1 chest): $66.00
Source: https://www.healthcarebluebook.com/ui/proceduredetails/137?directsearch=true&tab=ShopForCare.

Diagnostic - Chest CT Scan (1): $656.00
Source: https://www.healthcarebluebook.com/ui/proceduredetails/139?directsearch=true&tab=ShopForCare.

Diagnostic - Blood Test & Culture (1): $23.00
Source: https://www.healthcarebluebook.com/ui/proceduredetails/L214?directsearch=true&tab=ShopForCare.

Treatment - Hospitalization (1): $9,170.00
Source: https://www.healthcarebluebook.com/ui/proceduredetails/H121?directsearch=true&tab=ShopForCare.

Treatment - IV Antibiotics (Ceftriaxone) (1): $11.00
Source: https://www.healthcarebluebook.com/ui/proceduredetails/med/207?g=Ceftriaxone.

Follow Up - Doctor's Visit (1): $215.00
Source: https://www.healthcarebluebook.com/ui/proceduredetails/226?directsearch=true&tab=ShopForCare.

Follow Up - X-Ray (1 chest): $66.00
Source: https://www.healthcarebluebook.com/ui/proceduredetails/137?directsearch=true&tab=ShopForCare.

Total Cost: $11,336.00

Prostate Cancer

Average Medical Cost

Diagnosis: Prostate Cancer Early Detection, Diagnosis and Staging, American Cancer Society, 2019. Last Revised: August 1, 2019.
https://www.cancer.org/cancer/prostate-cancer/detection-diagnosis-staging/how-diagnosed.html.
Assumes early stage 2 diagnosis.

Treatment: Treating Prostate Cancer, American Cancer Society. Accessed: December 12, 2019.
https://www.cancer.org/cancer/prostate-cancer/treating.html.
Assumes early stage 2 diagnosis.

Costs of diagnosis and treatment(s) are based on:

Diagnostic - Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA free) (1): $54.00
Source: https://www.healthcarebluebook.com/ui/proceduredetails/L1372?directsearch=true&tab=ShopForCare.

Diagnostic - Prostate Biopsy (1): $2,306.00
Source: https://www.healthcarebluebook.com/ui/proceduredetails/92?directsearch=true&tab=ShopForCare.

Treatment - Prostate Cryotherapy (1): $14,029.00
Source: https://www.healthcarebluebook.com/ui/proceduredetails/341?directsearch=true&tab=ShopForCare.

Treatment - Radiation (1): $849.00
Source: https://www.healthcarebluebook.com/ui/proceduredetails/172.

Treatment - Chemotherapy (intravenous chemotherapy costs typically include the doctor fee, drug administration fee, drug cost and possibly facility fee, depending on how it is administered. (6): $3,300.00
Source: http://www.cancer.org/cancer/prostate-cancer/treating/chemotherapy.html.

Treatment - Prostate Thermotherapy (1): $4,245.00
Source: https://www.healthcarebluebook.com/ui/proceduredetails/91?directsearch=true&tab=ShopForCare.

Treatment - Laser Surgery of Prostate (1): $6,088.00
Source: https://www.healthcarebluebook.com/ui/proceduredetails/90?directsearch=true&tab=ShopForCare.

Treatment - Prostate Removal (endoscopic) (1): $16,351.00
Source: https://www.healthcarebluebook.com/ui/proceduredetails/699?directsearch=true&tab=ShopForCare.

Follow Up - Doctor Visits (24): $5,160.00
Source: https://www.healthcarebluebook.com/ui/proceduredetails/226?directsearch=true&tab=ShopForCare.

Total Cost: $52,382.00

Assumes early stage 2 prostate cancer.

Stroke

Average Medical Cost

Diagnosis and Treatment: Diagnosis & Treatment of a Stroke, Mayo Clinic, October 26, 2018.
https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/stroke/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20350119.

Costs of diagnosis and treatment(s) are based on:

Transport - Ambulance Ride (1): $366.00
Source: http://cost-finder.com/what-is-the-cost-of-ambulance-transport/.

Transport - ER Visit (1): $1,758.00
Source: https://www.healthcarebluebook.com/ui/searchresults?SearchTerms=emergency%20visit&Tab=ShopForCare.

Diagnostic - Brain CT Scan (1): $744.00
Source: https://www.healthcarebluebook.com/ui/proceduredetails/388?directsearch=true&tab=ShopForCare.

Diagnostic - MRI (1): $1,217.00
Source: https://www.healthcarebluebook.com/ui/proceduredetails/136?directsearch=true&tab=ShopForCare.

Treatment - Initial Thrombotic Treatment (1): $5,497.00
Source: https://www.healthcarebluebook.com/ui/proceduredetails/H96.

Treatment - Hospital Stay 3 day (1): $7,256.00
Source: https://www.healthcarebluebook.com/ui/proceduredetails/H117?directsearch=true&tab=ShopForCare.

Treatment - Stents (1): $8,320.00
Source: https://health.costhelper.com/stents.html.

Treatment - Carotid Endartectomy (1): $15,724.00
Source: https://www.healthcarebluebook.com/ui/proceduredetails/279?directsearch=true&tab=ShopForCare.

Treatment - Anti-platelet medication (1): $394.00
Source: https://www.ahajournals.org/doi/10.1161/CIRCOUTCOMES.118.004945.

Treatment - Anti-coagulant medication (1): $19.00
Source: https://www.goodrx.com/blog/warfarin-alternatives-are-eliquis-and-xarelto-worth-the-cost/.

Treatment - Physical Therapy (24 visits): $1,800.00
Source: https://thervo.com/costs/physical-therapy-cost.

Treatment - Occupational Therapy (24 visits): $1,728.00
Source: https://www.healthcarebluebook.com/ui/proceduredetails/580?directsearch=true&tab=ShopForCare.

Post Treatment - Cane (1): $27.00
Source: https://www.cvs.com/shop/home-health-care/canes-crutches/canes.

Follow Up - Neurologist Visits (12): $2,580.00
Source: https://www.healthcarebluebook.com/ui/proceduredetails/226?directsearch=true&tab=ShopForCare.

Total Cost: $47,460.00

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