How much does the price of health care services vary across the nation? The average cost of a lipid panel in Birmingham, Ala., is $17. It is $25 in Detroit, $33 in Seattle and $94 in Austin.

New data from Castlight Health, which sells a suite of software to help large employers analyze and manage health care costs, demonstrates price differentials in 30 cities for lipid panels, CT scans of the head or brain, an MRI of the lower back and an adult preventive primary care visit.

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