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.

What does your $25 co-pay really pay for?

Medical Bills are always confusing. What does your $25 co-pay really pay for? Is it the 3 band-aids you used after your shots, the shots themselves, or could it be the janitor’s salary? Patients don’t always get the breakdown of exactly what they’re paying for. So how do patients know they’re paying fair and reasonable rates?

In a recent opinion piece in the New York Times, The cure for the $1,000 toothbrush, Tina Rosenberg delves into the wonders of insurance and tries to get to the bottom of what exactly patients are paying for and how much. Patients may see they’re only paying 50% of the industry average, but when the industry average for a toothbrush is $1,000, $500 doesn’t seem like the bargain patients were looking for.

If someone asked you how much a night in the hospital costs, would you know the answer? If you said no, you’re not alone. At a conference of CEOs on controlling healthcare costs, none of the CEOs knew the current cost for one night in the hospital.

The healthcare industry is complex, and while it is impossible to understand every bill or know you’re paying 73% less than your next-door neighbor, patients should shop around for reasonable prices.

Doctors Imaging prides itself on offering imaging services for up to 50% less than neighboring hospitals, and what this really means for you is a $99 lung cancer screening. In a world of confusing bills and misleading breakdowns, Doctors Imaging can offer concrete and competitive prices to the New Orleans area.