How much does an MRI cost? In Puerto Rico, $307; in San Francisco, $570

SUMMARY: How much does an MRI cost the government? Well, in Puerto Rico it’s $307, and in San Francisco it’s $570. Those are the prices paid by Medicare, the federal program for the elderly and disabled. Our awesome search tool will tell you that. Here’s how to find out: Click here to read more, or … […]

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?

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

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 […]

Transparency, Castlight and us, or, How much does an MRI cost?

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

SUMMARY: Everybody knows how excited we are to be part of the  growing transparency movement in the health-care marketplace. So you can guess how happy we were to see this piece in “Wonkbook” on the Washington Post web site, titled “How much does an MRI cost? In D.C., anywhere from $400 to $1,861.”

How much does an MRI cost? In Lebanon, Ore., it’s $485

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

  Of course, no one shops for health-care services on price alone. Still, we’re interested to see how many service providers are posting prices. This one, Northwest MRI in Lebanon, Ore., about 50 miles south of Portland, offers a $485 MRI and is clearly competing on price. The site says, “our top priority is to […]