Cost of Care in Utah

Chiropractic Care

On average, chiropractic adjustments cost $65 per session. However, chiropractic care can range from $30-$200 per session. 

How Experience Affects Cost

Chiropractors that have more experience and years of practice usually cost more. Other reasons for a higher rate include:

  • Your chiropractor has a stable client base who requires their assistance and time. 
  • They have taken additional courses or updated their education. 
  • Their office space, equipment, or technology has been updated.
  • Your chiropractor has worked with hundreds of patients and gained further experience. 

Physical Therapy

Physical therapy can range from $20-$350 per session with most patients paying $30 per session with insurance and $125 per session without insurance. On the whole, the average cost for physical therapy is $75 per session. With Medicare coverage, an average PT session costs $100. Those with an original medicare plan have full coverage up to a total of $2,040. Beyond this limit, you’ll need a physician’s note stating that your physical therapy is medically necessary. Receiving this proof may help you receive further coverage. After surgery, most physical therapists will recommend that you wait anywhere from 6-8 weeks before your first physical therapy session.

Ambulance Ride

The typical ambulance ride in Utah can cost $1,000 or more. Ambulance providers in rural areas often have to provide long-distance transportation, as a result, transportation costs increase. Previously, service providers have held regional monopolies.  In areas where there’s only one ambulance service, regulation of price had to be set in order to have fair prices for citizens.  Therefore, Utah has become one of the few states that regulate ambulance pricing. Hence, the statewide maximum mileage rate in Utah is set at $31.25 per mile.

If you have to take an air ambulance (helicopter) your bill may range from $12,000 to $25,000 for 52 miles according to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. 

ER Visit

Prices from 2013

Prices for an emergency room visit vary depending upon the level of injury and care as well as hospital location. Based on data from 2013 injury Levels 1-5 lowest cash prices are $69-$391. In reality, prices can vary exponentially. Additionally, prices increase annually so 2020 hospital prices are likely higher than those listed above. 



Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a medical imaging technique that uses a magnetic field and computer-generated radio waves to create detailed images of the organs and tissues in your body. When you lie inside an MRI machine, the magnetic field temporarily realigns water molecules in your body. Accordingly, radio waves cause these aligned atoms to produce faint signals, which create cross-sectional MRI images. 

MRI Can Help Evaluate:
  • Joint abnormalities caused by traumatic or repetitive injuries, such as torn cartilage or ligaments
  • Disk abnormalities in the spine such as spondylolisthesis
  • Bone infections
  • Tumors of the bones and soft tissues
Pricing for MRI
InsuranceImaging CenterHospital
Insured$210-$577 (25% co-pay)$420-$961 (25% co-pay)
Medicare/Medicaid$42-$47$63-$71 (20% co-pay)
Cash $296-$423$370-$414

X-rays typically cost about $100-$1000+. The price varies depending upon the body part being x-rayed. For example, a X-ray for a finger costs $100, hand $180, wrist $190, knee $200, thigh $280, pelvis $350, chest $370 and for full-body $1,100.

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