How much does an MRI cost, $350 or $1,000? He told the billing department the price was too high, and they dropped it

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

How much does an MRI cost, $350 or $1,000? He told the billing department the price was too high, and they dropped it

Who knew? When you tell the woman in billing department the price is too high, maybe she’ll drop it for you. The community member shared on our partner’s site about an MRI in Westlake Village, near Los Angeles — and we learned that when he told the office person he was not going to have […]

How much will that cost/did that cost? Part 1 of a series on billing

How much will that cost/did that cost? Part 1 of a series on billing

(Updated, 2019) How much will that cost? Why did that cost so much? People are getting used to asking this 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 […]

We’re featured in a Wall Street Journal piece on paying cash

Summary: People are finding that they can sometimes save money — often a lot! — by paying cash for health care rather than paying the insured rate. Others are noticing too: we were quoted as experts in The Wall Street Journal when Melinda Beck wrote about this recently. Here’s the beginning of her piece: “As […]

Saving money: Paying cash for health care even if you’re insured

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

Saving money: Paying cash for health care even if you’re insured

(Updated, March 2019) People are telling us they are paying cash for common medical procedures, even if they’re insured — and getting lower prices. Is this common? Is it legal? Why don’t more people ask for lower cash rates, and why don’t more providers offer? The situation, as described by two of our community members […]