In the article, “What happens when an engaged consumer tries to help control costs?”, the author suggests the following results:

  1. As costs keep rising, and more and more people decide “I’m not going to take it anymore,” more of us will start asking “What are my options?”
  2. As word gets out that prices vary this much, it’s going to get very unhappy for the people who can’t justify higher prices.
  3. Consumers who start shopping will create a great demand for websites that aggregate different vendors’ prices.
  4. It will also create a market – an ecosystem – for related services.

Read his journey of comparison shopping for his needed imaging test, a CT scan. As his next scan approached, he wrote to his oncologist, saying he wasn’t sure if he would do it. The oncologist said he’d prefer to have the data, but he’d understand if the patient felt he couldn’t afford it.

The author decided to find out what his options are. Could he get it done for less? Someone pointed out that my hospital offers discounts for people who can’t afford full price or don’t have coverage.

http://e-patients.net/archives/2012/03/what-happens-when-an-engaged-consumer-tries-to-help-control-costs.html

DIS continues to advocate for people to take more control over their health care costs. After all, it is YOUR money. It should be YOUR choice. Call our patient financial services department at 504-459-3220 for pricing information on any of our services. We think you’ll be pleasantly surprised when comparing to the cost (or a past bill) from the hospital for their imaging exams.