Many people have been duped by following a recommendation to go to an outpatient imaging center that is not on the main campus of a hospital. However, what people do not know is that even if the center is not located on the hospital grounds, because it is still owned by the hospital, it will bill at hospital charges and costs that are much, much higher than an outpatient imaging provider.
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.
Freestanding diagnostic centers are alternative places to obtain services, such as lab studies, X-rays, and MRIs, often at a fraction of the cost charged by hospitals. You may have driven by some of these centers in your city. Private imaging centers are not affiliated with any particular hospital and are typically open for Monday through Friday business hours, as opposed to hospital radiology centers that require round-the-clock staffing.
Hospitals often charge higher fees for their services to offset the costs of their 24/7 operations. Hospitals also may charge exorbitant fees for high-tech diagnostics, like MRIs, to subsidize other poorly reimbursed services. And, hospitals are allowed to charge Medicare and other third-party insurers a “facility fee,” leading to even more price inflation.
As an independently-owned imaging organization, DIS performs many of the same exams offered by hospitals, but often at a fraction of what the hospital will charge. This results in much lower costs should there be any that you would incur as a result of a deductible or coinsurance that is part of your insurance plan.
If you don’t need to go to the hospital, why would you? If it is not an emergency, your best choice is outpatient imaging. High quality at a lower cost.
Yes, healthcare can actually cost less. Ask the right questions. Get the right information. Don’t settle for “we don’t know the cost” or “we can’t tell you that because it’s confidential” answers to your price and cost inquiries. It’s your healthcare. It’s your money.
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