Updated July 28, 2018 12:18am ET The cost of examiners’ exam gloves, which are used to detect blood clots in the brain, has risen sharply in recent years as the cost of testing in the United States has increased, according to an analysis by Axios.
In 2017, the average cost per exam was $100 per exam, and by 2021, the cost had risen to $160, according the report.
That means examiners have seen their earnings shrink by as much as 80% over the past five years, according Toensing.
The rise in the cost is likely due to several factors, including the development of a new blood clot detection technology that is cheaper to manufacture and less invasive, said the report, which was based on data from the Office of Management and Budget.
Examiners are also getting less comfortable with using them, which can lead to higher costs, the report found.
The study did not include the cost for the materials that go into making the gloves.
It said that the materials used to make the gloves are made in China and could cost anywhere from $10 to $50 per package.
Examining doctors say they would rather be making the exam gloves for themselves, rather than spending a lot of money on them, according Mark Linn, director of medical education at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.
“The reason we have a large number of these gloves is because they’re inexpensive, and it’s also because they work,” Linn said.
“There are many more exams that doctors can do that would not have the benefits of a medical examiner exam.”
The cost of an exam gloves is the same as the amount spent by examiners on testing equipment, the study said.
It estimated that an examiner’s exam gloves cost an examiner $100 in 2021.
Examinators make an average of $60 per exam.
The report found that a full-time examiner with 10 years experience was earning $120,000 annually in 2020.
By 2021, that average had increased to $140,000.
That was a 20% increase from 2021 and the most recent year for which data was available, Toensing said.
The average examiner’s salary has also risen significantly in the past decade.
Examined examiners in the early 2000s earned an average salary of $70,000, and examiners earned $90,000 in the mid-2000s, according TOENSING.
The report found examiners with 10 or more years of experience were earning $175,000 during the same time period.
The average examiner today earns $120 and $140 million a year, according ONDU.
The price of the materials, which come in a variety of forms, is a factor in examiners salary, TOENSINGS report said.
The materials are used in making the rubber pads used to seal blood vessels and in testing for blood clotting disorders, the materials can cost anywhere between $20 and $50.
The cost per test has also increased.
The annual exam cost for an examiner with 20 years of practice in 2017 was $150,000 and by 2020, it was $190,000 for examiners who had 10 or fewer years of training, the analysis found.