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Autism Screening Cost without Insurance

Sophie Wei
Sophie Wei29 Jun 2022
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Early screening and diagnosis of autism are fundamental to providing families with the resources to appropriately help and support their children throughout their development. However, autism screenings and diagnoses can be very costly and time-consuming. Informal screenings can cost anywhere from $0 - $500, while formal diagnostic tests can cost up to $5,000. 

Autism Screening Costs 

Your out-of-pocket costs for autism screening can differ drastically depending on the method of screening, your insurance coverage, and the facility you are going to. Diagnostic tools tend to be more expensive than general screening checklists and questionnaires. 

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) can be screened with five main types of questionnaires and checklists. Screening tools can be given to you by your primary care provider or pediatrician (PCP) free of charge. On many occasions, the only costs of basic developmental screening arise from your doctor visit’s copay. If you are paying with insurance and seeing an in-network provider, your copay will typically be between $15 and $25. If you are paying without insurance, a visit with a primary care provider will likely cost over $100. 

Depending on the results of your child’s screening tests, your provider may recommend a formal autism evaluation. Autism can be diagnosed with the help of 4 different diagnostic tools. These tools can be a lot more costly than screening tests. These prices can range from $800 - $5,000, depending on the clinic you visit. Some clinics may accept your health insurance plan, which would pay for part or all of your testing. However, if you go to a clinic that does not take health insurance, you will need to pay the full out-of-pocket costs.

The average cost of an autism screening and full evaluation ranges from around $1,000 - $2,000. A few clinics and their respective autism diagnostic test prices are listed below. 

Costs of Full Autism Evaluations in the U.S 

Name of FacilityLocationPrice 
Family Guidance and Therapy CenterBend, OR $2,200 for a full evaluation 
GRASP New York, NY 

$900 for the most affordable assessment

$1,800 for a full assessment with report 

$2,700 for most comprehensive assessment

Ally Psychological Services Bucks County, PA $3,500 for full evaluation 
Virginia Tech Autism ClinicBlacksburg, VA $800 for diagnostic assessment 
Dr. MacleamyPetaluma, CA $2,000 for full assessment 
Faison Center Richmond, VA 

$300 for ADOS 

$800-1200 for diagnostic evaluation

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Sophie Wei

Sophie is a 2024 Pharm D. candidate studying pharmacy at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. She has a passion for healthcare and writing and hopes to make meaningful contributions to healthcare transparency and accessibility. In her free time, she likes to take care of her houseplants, cook, and hang out with her cat.

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