Navigating the World of MRI Pricing

It’s normal to shop around for the best price. In fact, there are a host of apps, websites and coupon groups that make it their job to filter through results and find the best prices. However, there are some things that we consider to be safer because they are more expensive. It implies that it is made of superior materials or is a more coveted product. Does this hold true for the world of medical imaging?

With all the recent controversy surrounding health care and affording health care procedures, having insurance doesn’t always mean that you are getting a procedure for the best price. And having your procedure performed at a hospital also doesn’t guarantee that you will be getting the best price available in your location. So that brings us to the main question, how can you get the best price for your medical imaging?

Looking around the country, there are others noting this same confusion. In a recent NPR article, one reporter tried to get prices for four different procedures and found that lower-back MRI pricing could range anywhere from $467 to $1,567 and at a self-pay academic medical center, more than $6,000. This is frustrating not only because a patient could be overpaying but that the responsibility falls to the patient to determine prices along with the credibility of a facility. In Indiana, the Government Accountability Office found lower back MRI pricing to range from $277 to almost $5000. In the same article, one reporter asked 24 different health care providers for the cost of a colonoscopy and hernia repair without insurance. The results: “limited cost information from only 13 of the facilities..only seven provided information on quality.”

Knowing the original price, price after insurance and finding a suitable location are all opaque decisions kept between hospitals and insurance companies, making it extremely difficult for the patient to know if they are overpaying for their procedure. That is why Doctors Imaging has made it as easy as possible for patients to learn how much their procedure will cost based on what is needed and their insurance plans. We offer free, no obligation quotes for all to ascertain how much a procedure will cost for them. Our goal is to offer transparency for patients. In addition, our free quotes concerning pricing are our way of making the search for the right price easier on patients. No need to call and speak to a line of representatives in the hopes of getting an answer. Your request will be answered in a timely fashion and you will pay less at Doctors Imaging than you will a hospital and still get the same great care and results.

If you don’t have insurance, you can still have your procedures performed at Doctors Imaging. We accept all major credit cards and are willing to make payment plans for patients that cannot pay the total at the time of the procedure. No one should have to go without just because they cannot afford a necessary procedure at one time.

Our free quotes aren’t the only way that Doctors Imaging is making medical imaging procedures easier to acquire, we are even open on Saturdays for MRI procedures. We understand that some patients cannot get the time off for doctors appointments during the week, so we make our facility available for those in need on the weekends too. At Doctors Imaging in Metairie, we want to offer affordable pricing and hospital-standard medical imaging for all patients that visit.

If you have more questions about booking an appointment with Doctors Imaging, feel free to browse our list of accepted insurance plans, check out our page on financial arrangements, our go straight to our Request-a-Quote page to get your next MRI or imaging procedure booked. You can also contact Doctors Imaging at 504-883-8111 if you have more questions.

Do Your Research to Save on the Cost of CT Scans

You probably heard this phrase a time or two from your parents when deciding on a college, picking out a new car, or negotiating a job opportunity, “Shop around for so you can get the best deal.” While your parent’s advice probably proved right more times than you can count, it still applies in the adult world. A recently published article from NPR shows us that shopping around, even for medical imaging, can help you save money and find a better facility.

Under normal circumstances, your parents wouldn’t be too concerned with finding the lowest price when it comes to a medical procedure, they want you to have the best care that will keep you healthy, regardless of the cost. However, because medical imaging isn’t invasive there is more room to find a budget-friendly alternative than a hospital.

The cost of CT scans can be different depending on the facility that you have them performed at but for many patients, searching through different independent medical imaging centers can save as much as $100-$200. That may not seem like much but it is when you are dealing with a host of other medical bills, anywhere that you can save is appreciated.

When you come to Doctors Imaging in Metairie, we can guarantee that most of our patients have paid less at our facility than they would have at a hospital in the area. And for those concerned, just because the price is lower does not mean that any decrease in the quality of care. At Doctors Imaging, we offer a 15 minute consultation session with patients before they undergo any imaging procedures. We are committed to making all visitors to Doctors Imaging feel as comfortable as possible. We do this for two reasons: to make sure that we can capture the most useful images for physicians and so that patients can have a pleasant experience at our offices.

We accept most every insurance plan and take all major credit cards. We are even open to setting up a payment plan for patients that need to space out their payments. We are here to make our patient’s lives easier and we will continue to do so with affordable pricing and special attention to quality customer care. That means value.

So if you are worried about the cost of CT scans, MRIs, ultrasounds, X-rays or PET-CT scans, please contact Doctors Imaging in Metairie and let us see if we can match a better price. Call us today at 504-883-8111.