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 […]

How much does an MRI cost?

Filed Under: Costs

We like price lists. So it’s not surprising that we found ourselves perusing a California hospital’s list of charges one afternoon. This is for Cedars-Sinai hospital in Los Angeles, and we focused on one of the prices that we know a lot about: the MRI of the lumbar spine, HCPCS code 72148, without contrast or […]

Prices for inexpensive MRI’s in New York, but are they real?

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

I made a quick phone call just now to the folks at Medical Discounts Inc., “Saving Americans Money on Their Healthcare” (888) 380-6337. They’re advertising low-cost MRI’s in various cities and states, prices that seemed too low to be true (check out our price lists for an MRI). So I asked: Their New York price […]

RPN of California, home of the $295 MRI

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

Editor’s note: RPN has closed, as of fall 2013. Cutting the cost of an MRI is the focus of Robert Cloutier (pictured below), who runs RPN of California, a low-cost MRI services network headquartered in Ontario, Calif. As a startup, RPN is offering an MRI for $295 at its office in San Diego, a cost savings of over 50% when compared to […]