No one wants to hear their doctor tell them they are going to need additional medical procedures, especially if they are uninsured. Talk about a day-ruiner. When asked how much they thought a procedure like an MRI would cost them, most patients guessed around $4,000. That guess isn’t far off at some care providers, but we’re here to tell you that there are affordable options.
Your health is one of the most important things though, so no one wants to skimp on cost when their care is in question. The good news is that in healthcare, cost isn’t reflective of quality. Now this does complicate the consumer process, but if you know to shop around for more affordable options and take control of your care, you can save up to 80% on your procedures.
Let’s say your general practitioner recommends that you get an X-Ray of your ankle to determine if you broke it or simply sprained it. Your physician sends you next door to the hospital-owned imaging center, where they tell you your x-ray is going to cost about $200 out-of-pocket. They also inform you that there will likely be another bill headed your way a little while later for the radiologist’s “reading fee.”
When it’s all said and done, that x-ray could cost you as much as $350, just to confirm that you did in fact just sprain your ankle. Walking and talking at the same time can be hard sometimes, but who knew it could be that expensive!
Now, if you chose to shop around and compare x-ray costs at various imaging centers in your city, rather than simply going to the first suggestion for care, you would likely find an independent, outpatient imaging center with much lower rates. Why can those radiology providers offer such lower prices without sacrificing the quality of their care?
- They are able provide more personalized service since it’s in an outpatient setting
- They likely have on-site radiologists or a partnered physician group that reads for them
- They have more control of their costs
An x-ray of an ankle in Tampa, Florida for instance could cost up to $275 but our self-pay rates are between $75-$90 with no additional fees. Think of all the money you could save yourself!