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.
Radiologic Imaging Proved To Decrease Healthcare Costs
Radiologic imaging for diagnosis has been proven to save lives and decrease healthcare costs. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), positron emission tomography (PET), ultrasound (US), and computed tomography (CT) are essential to the diagnosis, treatment, and monitoring of lesions, cancer, and many other serious diseases. However, over the last few decades, the United States has experienced increased costs in diagnostic radiology, thus leading many to question the importance of imagery testing. Recently, researchers in the field have sought to understand how the general public values information provided by imagery tests. The results from these studies show that despite the costs, the American public agrees that imaging tests are essential for diagnosis.
Early this May, Siemens conducted a study which showed that 92 percent of Americans felt that they need to have up-to-date information regarding their own health was as important as actually having access to a physician. Results also showed that 78 percent of respondents would consent to a diagnostic procedure even if the results determined that no treatment or cure could be offered. 97 percent agreed that in undergoing imaging tests to rule out certain diagnoses, money would be saved in the long run by avoiding costly treatments.
At Doctors Imaging, we understand that when it comes to your health, you expect the best. We believe in delivering high-quality services, and we also value our patients’ economic concerns. Therefore, we are committed to offering the most rapid results at the lowest cost.