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The price difference for MRIs in hospitals versus imaging centers is significant in many states. Take a look at the numbers given in a recent article by Jayne O’Donnell and Shari Rudavsky:

“This price spread was widest in Alaska, where the median price for hospital MRIs was $3,200 more than in imaging centers. Michigan wasn’t much better with a price difference of about $2,500.”

With the prices stretched to this extreme, people need to be aware of all the options available.

This raises many questions as to why the prices are vastly different. Are these imaging centers producing the same quality of work as hospitals? And the answer is yes!

One of the main things that affect the price difference is the operating costs that are involved in maintaining a hospital facility. This includes providing a large staff, offering services 24 hours a day, and updating equipment regularly. At an independently own imaging center, they do have these expenses.

In some cases, it may be smarter to get an MRI by withholding insurance information and paying out of pocket at an imaging center. This could save money for both the person getting the procedure and the employer’s who provide the health insurance plan. The key is to have a system in place where due diligence is done in order to provide the best care for the best price.

Read the article, Need an MRI? It pays to shop around. Big time., on USA Today for more information.