Ya, that sounds high to me! When I put it into a couple cost shoppers, it was listed as 1,000 to 5,000. Can you check some other places and see if you can find this cheaper?
I do have insurance. The insurance will be billed $6,800, and I owe 10% of that. But that’s the insurance’s “discounted” rate, without insurance it would have cost $9,400! Even $6,800 seems really high to me. I thought there must be some mistake, but I was too embarrassed to call and ask. I had 2 ultrasounds (regular and trans vag) at the same imaging center a month ago, and the total bill was only $670, of which I paid $67. I expected the MRI to be more expensive, but not 10 times more!
The exam will be billed out as one exam, and can only be billed as dictated by the radiologist. $6,800 is a lot, but it all depends on the setting. Hospitals will charge far more than IDTFs (Independent diagnostic testing facility). Insurance contracted rates will ALWAYS be higher than an uninsured rate. If you pay the uninsured rate though you have to sign a waiver that you do not have insurance and the money you spend does not go towards your deductible. A cash price for MRI Pelvis W/WO contrast in the Dallas/Fort Worth area would be around $550 which would include the radiologists read. Facilities do not advertise uninsured pricing because it violates their contracts with insurance companies, and the reimbursement rate is far less. Healthcare is a business, and many diagnostic imaging facilities are joint ventures with hospitals which will increase their contracted rates. If I can answer any other questions about imaging going forward, and where to find a quality exam at a lower price, let me know. These are the healthcare secrets that need to be made public. I hope you get some answers from your MRI and feel better soon.