Originally Posted by Dubious
MRI costs on the front end are a lot....but there are deals around. I am told by another "Doc" that there is an MRI facility advertising $200 MRI's in North County San Diego. Personally, I have seen them as low as $350 by me. Everything is negotiable
Price ranges vary for most things, and while there are exceptions, IME you generally get what you pay for. Do those $200-$300 MRIs include interpretation by a radiologist, or do they just hand you a discfull of images? (With some
discount places I checked, that's what they do.) Cut prices can sometimes mean cut corners.
Other factors that influence price can include whether it's done in-hospital or at an outpatient imaging center, contrasting, body part being imaged, and local competition/going rates (it's kinda hard to email your spine to Lower Slobbovia for discount imaging...
It may make sense for someone without insurance to do that kind of shopping, but I was talking specifically about when insurance companies are getting billed and doing the paying.
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