That’s the headline from a USA Today article published on March 28, 2017. Diagnostic Imaging Services has been touting the benefits people, their healthcare providers and insurance companies can reap from taking the time to compare prices for Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) in order to find a provider that offers the quality needed for diagnosis, yet is less expensive and easier on budgets and wallets.

Enter the freestanding independent imaging organization.

According to the article, “The median price difference for MRIs in hospitals versus freestanding imaging centers in the United States often varies by thousands of dollars, underscoring the need for consumers to shop around given high out of pocket health costs.”

Thousands of dollars!

According to the Chief Executive Officer of the Leapfrog Group, which rates hospitals, there is a big difference between an independent imaging center and a hospital when the need arises for an MRI. “It’s not some minor detail on an insurance plan’s balance sheet,” she said.

DIS would go one step further. It’s not a minor detail for a person undergoing the MRI either!

For years, Diagnostic Imaging Services has provided example after example of price comparisons between our independent organization and local hospitals. The difference has sometimes indeed been in the thousands of dollars. The important point is that in health care, a higher price does not always mean better quality. By choosing independent, people receive the same, if not better, quality when visiting DIS and yet will spend less.

These financial differences are not just for MRI exams. They can hold true for tests involving ultrasound, Computed Tomography (CT) and Positron Emission Tomography (PET).

Want to know the steps on how to compare health care pricing? Click here for a five minute video that provides the steps needed in order to perform a comparison.

Take the time. Be diligent. The payoff in savings can be huge.

Choose independent and save. Choose Diagnostic Imaging Services: doctor trusted, patient preferred.