The average price for a lab equipment in the U.S. is rising and is set to be higher in 2019, a new study finds.
The average lab equipment cost in California has jumped from $8,000 in 2015 to $9,000 by 2019.
The report, published by the California Department of Public Health and Environment, also finds that the average cost of laboratory equipment in Georgia has risen from $2,000 to $3,500 in the same period.
Researchers say the cost of lab testing equipment is the most prevalent reason why people are not using labs.
The report notes that the cost is rising because of new technology and the cost to acquire and maintain equipment.
“We’re looking at increasing the average lab price, which will be about $6,000 a year for labs and $5,000 for medical laboratories,” said study co-author Jennifer T. Schmick, an associate professor of clinical and environmental health at the University of California, San Francisco.
“If we continue to increase lab prices, we’ll have a large increase in costs for everyone, including the most vulnerable populations, such as people with HIV and the poor.”
Schmick said the findings were based on data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Center for Health Statistics and the U