How much does a knee joint MRI cost, $450 or $4,685?

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

How much does a knee joint MRI cost, $450 or $4,685?

(Updated 2022) He shared the price of his wife’s knee joint MRI. Specifically, the MRI of the joint/lower extremity was without dye, CPT code 73721, at Trident Medical Center, North Charleston, S.C. The insurer was Aetna. CHARGED: $4,685.00 INSURANCE PAID: $2,435.35 YOU PAID: $1,046.65 His comment “Never I repeat NEVER go to Trident Regional Medical […]

In Minnesota, rising health costs hitting home: Grand Forks Herald

In Minnesota, rising health costs hitting home: Grand Forks Herald

“What good is health care you can’t get?” Paul John Scott and Jeremy Fugleberg write in The Grand Forks Herald. “Ask Katie Larson. She’s 30, a resident of Lake George, Minn., and the office manager at Coldwell Banker Clack & Dennis Real Estate in Park Rapids. ‘I avoid using the doctor any time I can,’ […]

Co-insurance, high deductible, and a brain MRI

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Co-insurance, high deductible, and a brain MRI

(Updated 2022) The community member’s report was enough to make you cry. The biggest problem that leaped out at us: A 50 percent co-insurance stipulation in her insurance plan. This resulted in a hefty cost for a brain MRI. For an MRI of the brain with and without dye, CPT code 70553, at Virtua Voorhees, […]

Shopping for health care — here’s what one woman does

Shopping for health care — here’s what one woman does

Have you ever been stuck paying a really high fee for a lab test? You might be surprised to learn that some patients are shopping for health care — pricing out laboratory work, blood tests, and prescriptions before even heading to the doctor. Here’s what one patient commented on Facebook, and how we chronicled her […]

MRI costs, or why this surgeon is challenging N.C.’s certificate of need law: Vox

MRI costs, or why this surgeon is challenging N.C.’s certificate of need law: Vox

“Dr. Gajendra Singh walked out of his local hospital’s outpatient department last year, having been told an ultrasound for some vague abdominal pain he was feeling would cost $1,200 or so, and decided enough was enough,” Dylan Scott writes over at Vox.com. “If he was balking at the price of a routine medical scan, what […]

Hey, UnitedHealthCare! Can we tell you how much a sleep study costs?

Hey, UnitedHealthCare! Can we tell you how much a sleep study costs?

(Updated 2022) We’re always interested in seeing who’s visiting. Today, someone from UnitedHealthCare in Plymouth, Minn., spent 6 minutes reading our post about sleep study costs. Here’s a screenshot from our Clicky analytics panel. We’re happy to be providing such valuable services to the insurance industry! It’s also clear that they found us by Googling. […]

His insurer approved an MRI, then denied it. He forked out $2,340 in cash: Philly.com

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His insurer approved an MRI, then denied it. He forked out $2,340 in cash: Philly.com

“Pelvic pain had dogged Keith Morgan for years, unresolved by stretching, hot baths, and other therapies recommended at various doctor visits over the last two decades,” Sarah Gantz writes over at our partner, Philly.com. “So when the issue flared up last August, the 56-year-old Montgomery County resident wanted to get to the bottom of it […]

Variability in diagnostic error rates of 10 MRI centers: The Spine Journal

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

Variability in diagnostic error rates of 10 MRI centers: The Spine Journal

“In today’s health-care climate, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is often perceived as a commodity — a service where there are no meaningful differences in quality and thus an area in which patients can be advised to select a provider based on price and convenience alone,” write Richard Herzog M.D., Daniel R. Elgort, PhD, Adam E. […]

Watching change happen in real time: How people use our data

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

Watching change happen in real time: How people use our data

We got to watch a community member learn how to shop for health care in real time the other day, when our partners over at NOLA.com I The Times-Picayune were doing a Facebook Live. She came in in the comments, saying, “I pay my insurance over $500 a month. My out of pocket after my […]

She saved $3,786 on an MRI: How people use our data

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She saved $3,786 on an MRI: How people use our data

(Updated March 2022) We received this email in connection with our Cracking the Code partnership in New Orleans: My doctor at Tulane University Medical Center had suggested an abdominal MRI as part of a portfolio of check-ups to better understand the possible trajectory of a hereditary condition that might affect me. I’m 27 years old, […]