Cervical spine MRI prices

You really never know what things will cost in the health-care marketplace. Here are four PriceCheck shares, from four identical cervical spine MRI’s. The prices? $305 and $2,294. Also $1,000 and $715.

These are four MRI’s of the cervical spine, the simplest kind, without dye or contrast (HCPCS code 72141). They should be roughly comparable. Two were in Oakland, one in San Bruno and one in San Diego. The charged prices are all over the map — which we knew already, because charged prices vary a lot.

But what’s being paid? $305 and $2,294. Also $1,000 and $715. Click the image to enlarge the spreadsheet.

What can you do? If you are having a procedure, ask in advance, “What will this cost? What will it cost me?”

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CHC MRI cost spreadsheet screenshot
How much does an MRI cost? Here are four very similar MRI shares from our PriceCheck community.


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Jeanne Pinder

Jeanne Pinder  is the founder and CEO of ClearHealthCosts. She worked at The New York Times for almost 25 years as a reporter, editor and human resources executive, then volunteered for a buyout and founded...