Your doctor suggests you undergo a diagnostic imaging test, now what? The first important decision is choosing what imaging center is best for your procedure. Your imaging center can directly play a role in your overall imaging experience and test results so choosing a quality center is of utmost importance. Here are a few things to look for when you're searching for an imaging center.
After a fall, Mrs. Spendsalot needed a chest MRI but was unsure of where to go and if she could afford the procedure through her doctor. With prices for her procedure starting in the thousands, she knew she would be unable to afford this procedure.
In today’s world, we believe that the consumer should have the power to demand price transparency from healthcare providers. It’s time to stop accepting the idea that you won’t know how much you’re spending until you’re leaving the hospital. Patients have a right to know how much they’ll be expected to pay for a procedure, they have the right to compare those prices between multiple facilities, and they have the right to pick a facility that offers lower prices. It’s a little thing called price transparency, and it’s causing a stir in the medical world.
Independent radiology practices […]
While I would expect parking to be cheaper than an electrocardiogram, I would also expect the hospital staff to be familiar with both prices. It’s no surprise that hospitals are often tight lipped when discussing procedure prices, and there are plenty of excuses one could offer for these muffled answers.
“Just like you can’t call a contractor on the phone and ask ‘how much does it cost to remodel a kitchen?’ Maybe it would be unreasonable to expect a price quote on the phone for ‘remodeling’ your hip as well.”
That’s where Rosenthal study suffered. […]
Which would you rather have in your health care: convenience or low cost? Oftentimes, when choosing one, the other is sacrificed. Hospital radiology departments can generate a lot of traffic for the perceived convenience of location and as a one-stop shop for medical care. However, there is no shortage of articles that will tell you that diagnostic imaging is more expensive at a hospital than the same services cost at a freestanding imaging center.
Even insurance companies find independent imaging centers to be more cost-friendly. As this article points out, Humana Insurance told its customers “the average national cost for […]