A CT scan cost can vary based on a number of factors. Different clinics quote different prices and you may have had experience paying different amounts for this type of scan in the past. After deciding whether you will use your insurance or pay out-of pocket, understanding how much a CT scan should cost on average will help you negotiate better prices, especially when you are paying for the scan out-of-pocket.
Range of Costs
In general, you can expect to see CT scan costs that range from $270 on the very low end to nearly $5,000 on the high end. The cost varies depending on the facility, your location, and factors such as whether you pay in cash or bill your insurance provider. For self-pay, the cost is almost entirely up to where you choose to get your procedure, especially if they are a free-standing operation. Free-standing means that they are not part of a larger organization/group of imaging centers and operate independently.
Other Factors That Affect CT Scan Cost
However, location is just part of it. In one facility in Portland, Oregon, scans cost over $1,500 while at another facility in the same town, scans cost less than $700. Patients who live in the area may not know about the price difference because comparing prices for these procedures involves a lot of manual work, i.e. calling the facilities and providing your personal information multiple times.
In general, the more scans a facility does, the lower the prices tend to be. When a facility focuses on a high volume of patients, that distributes the cost of the machinery, upgrades, and repairs over more patients. That helps lower the total cost. In contrast, when a facility only does the occasional scan, the cost can’t be spread out over as many patients.
Saving Money on CT Scan Cost
If you want to save money on your next scan, consider calling around and getting quotes from a few different places.This method, while time consuming, is guaranteed to provide you with the facility with the lowest cost. Instead of going somewhere that only does the occasional scan, find a facility that focuses on scans and imaging. These facilities are known as outpatient imaging centers as where you decide to go for your procedure is an important decision and can vary from patient to patient. It’s important to know that university hospitals or research facilities may charge more just based on the prestige of their name. When it comes to a relatively routine procedure such as a CT scan, there aren’t any specific advantages to choosing one of these facilities.
How Much Will My CT Scan Cost?
You have a choice. Diagnostic imaging costs significantly less at Medmo affiliated centers than at hospitals and hospital-owned outpatient facilities. We have negotiated the best prices by comparing costs to make it more affordable for our patients while maintaining that they get the highest-quality care.
To book a scan, visit us at Medmo.com. Medmo helps people schedule radiology imaging tests – such as MRI, CT scans, PET, and more – at nearby accredited centers and identify the payment solution that works best for them.