If you are one of the many consumers out there shopping around for an MRI because you have a high deductible plan and you are trying to manage your out-of-pocket costs --you are not alone. How much will an MRI cost you? Interestingly, prices for MRIs can range from $600 - $3500. See for yourself, use OutofPocket.com to find out what other consumers have paid for an MRI. Why the huge price difference for the same test? Isn’t an MRI an MRI? What’s the difference between a $600 MRI and a $3500 MRI besides $2900? Personally, I’d much rather save the $2900 for summer vacation and find a trusted provider that offers me the best quality at the lowest price for the MRI.
If you live in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area and need an MRI, you need to know about SmartChoiceMRI.com. This independent outpatient MRI facility charges $600 for all MRIs, for every insurance plan. They negotiated this rate with the 50+ insurance plans they accept. How did they do this when all the other providers have “secret” negotiated pricing with insurance plans that can include sometimes up to 100 different prices for the same provider for the exact same service – but for different insurance plans? I’d like to see more pricing models like www.smartchoice.com in the future. It makes it so much easier for the consumer to compare costs, easier to budget, and makes the consumer feel like they are not being overcharged for the MRI.
Results of this pricing model:
creates more consumer-choices
drives down prices, improves services
increases patient care and improves the quality of care
This is a model we would like the health care industry to strive for!