How much will that cost? Finding out medical prices in advance

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

SUMMARY: How much will that cost? It’s a question consumers aren’t used to asking in the health care marketplace. Many of us grew up with the $10 co-pay, but that’s rapidly becoming a thing of the past. With rising deductibles, more out-of-network providers, more uninsured people and more out-of-pocket spending, it’s increasingly a question we […]

Transparency is catching, sort of: How much does gall bladder surgery cost?

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SUMMARY: Can transparency be infectious? And when is transparency not so transparent? The world of hospital pricing is notoriously opaque and resistant to change. But the forward-thinking Surgery Center of Oklahoma has had online price lists for some time. Just recently we noticed that their neighborhood has a number of providers with online price lists–not […]

How much does an MRI cost in Southern California? $300 or $1,945

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SUMMARY: How much does an MRI cost? And particularly, how much does an MRI cost in Southern California? Read more about our survey results, or… CLICK HERE FOR PRICES     Jeanne PinderJeanne Pinder  is the founder and CEO of ClearHealthCosts. She worked at The New York Times for almost 25 years as a reporter, […]

How much does an MRI cost? Part 2

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How much does an MRI cost? Part 2

(Updated 2022) What is an MRI? Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a technique that uses a magnetic field and radio waves to create detailed images of the organs and tissues within your body. Most MRI machines are large, tube-shaped magnets. When you lie inside an MRI machine, the magnetic field temporarily aligns the water molecules in […]

How much does an MRI cost? Part 1

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How much does an MRI cost? Part 1

(Updated 2022) MRI prices are really complicated: Different facilities, different machines, different parts of the body. Yikes. So how do you find an affordable MRI? Different facilities — from the hospital, to the radiology center, to the doctor’s office — charge vastly different prices for MRIs. For example, the cash price of a lumbar spine (lower […]