You think the answer would be insurance, but that’s not necessarily the case. MRIs can definitely be expensive if you don’t have insurance, but the same can be true even if you do have insurance depending on what the deductibles and co-pays are on your policy. So what’s the answer to save money on an MRI? It depends on where an MRI is performed. In essence, the bigger the facility is where you’re getting an MRI, the larger the damage will be to your wallet.

Hospitals are generally known to have the most expensive MRI costs whereas independent diagnostic centers are usually a fraction of hospital costs. Why? Hospitals acquire more expenses since they have high quality equipment to perform tests and are open 24/7 all year round so their operational fees are greater. Plus, they charge more fees than freestanding centers and some of those costs include third party insurer fees, specialist fees and more. In comparison, independent diagnostic centers are able to charge less for MRIs because their overhead expenses are lower and those facilities are usually open only during regular business hours on weekdays.

The price ranges for MRIs vary depending on where you go. Quotes can go anywhere from the $400s to almost $4,000 (or even more!). It’s important to research a variety of places—hospitals, clinics and independent centers—before scheduling an MRI. You want the best care for your health of course, but you don’t want to pay a healthcare bill for the rest of your life.

At MH Imaging, we save you money by offering prices that are 50-75% lower than the cost of hospital diagnostic imaging scans. We perform a “No Surprises” insurance check and pre-authorization to determine your coverage, deductible and out-of-pocket costs before your appointment so you know how much you’ll be paying ahead of time. We accept all insurance programs including Title 19 and Medicare/Medicaid, and we offer discounted rates for self-pay individuals so you can direct your own preventive care. We also offer same day/next day MRI scheduling and ensure a quick turnaround of diagnostic results (usually within four hours) to avoid delays in your healthcare. Contact us to learn more or to schedule an appointment.

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