Diagnostic tests such as X-rays, CT scans, and MRIs can be very expensive if you don’t have insurance. In fact, they can be expensive even if you DO have insurance, depending on your policy’s deductibles and co-pays.
Most people don’t realize that the fees for these procedures can vary tremendously, depending on where they are performed. Many people use hospitals for outpatient procedures, not even realizing there are alternatives.
HOSPITALS TEND TO BE THE MOST EXPENSIVE OPTION for diagnostics and outpatient procedures—sometimes by an enormous margin. Imagine going to the grocery store and buying a dozen eggs, but not knowing the price until a bill arrives in your mailbox.
Furthermore, imagine that the range of prices for one dozen eggs is from $2.00 to $30.00, and your bill could be anything in between. Well, that is EXACTLY what is happening in our current medical system, especially with diagnostic imaging.
There is no reason to not be informed any longer. As patients, people need to have a serious discussion with their doctor, their office staff, nurses or other care providers about the cost of medical services. In the area of medical imaging, there is the true dichotomy that you can have HIGH QUALITY at a LOWER COST. In other words, the adage “you get what you pay for” doesn’t hold true in many cases.
At DIS, we perform the SAME TESTS as what is conducted in a hospital imaging center. And, we do them at list prices and charges that are substantially lower than what you will be billed by the hospital. How much lower? Often times, our list prices and 1/3 that of area hospitals.
Arm yourself. Know your Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) code for your test. With that, you can find out for yourself the savings you’ll receive from DIS as opposed to the exhorbitant amount of money the hospital expect you to pay them. They want you to pay for their inefficiencies, their bureaucracy, the covering of their poorer reimbursed services.
For proof on one person’s amazement at the difference in price and savings, view this news report.