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Cost of MRIs... Is $9K-10K ridiculous?
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Cost of MRIs... Is $9K-10K ridiculous?

I was diagnosed with cavernous angiomas in the last couple of years and have to get yearly MRIs for monitoring. The first MRI I had cost less than $2,000. Recently, I went to UCSF for a MRI/MRA and the bill was almost $10,000!! The insurance company negotiated the hospital fees down to around $8,000 (from looking at my EOB). I'm very thankful I have insurance since I can barely afford the 10% copayment!

My dad also has to have regular MRIs/MRAs and he said he never has never been billed anywhere near this amount.

Does anyone know what a "standard" MRI/MRA should cost? If as high as 10K, then do I have to get one every year as I can't really afford this? My doctor suggests it's prudent to check every couple years. Are there any cheaper tests?

Any advice is greatly appreciated!

Broke In SF

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