What is the cost of a CT Scan (CAT Scan)?
As we shared in our recent article about finding the best cost for an MRI, there are many ways that finding the best cost for a CT scan (or CAT scan) is like other common buying experiences.
For example, if you were buying a car, you’d be expected to negotiate with the auto dealer to get the best possible price. Most of us know that even cars of the exact same make, model, and year can have wildly different costs at different dealers. But getting affordable medical care has never been so simple or straightforward.
Until now, that is, with Medmo. Our platform completely transforms the way people obtain radiology imaging tests, like CT scans. Our relationships with most major imaging centers make it possible to obtain significant savings on any imaging test requested by a doctor.
Believe it or not, a CT scan using the exact same machine on the same part of your body could cost $225 at one facility and $2,500 across the street. It sounds ludicrous, but it happens everywhere. Healthcare Bluebook reported that healthcare procedures for in-network medical procedures could vary by up to 400 percent. Consumer Reports wrote that it would be like someone in your family buying gas at one gas station for $4.00 per gallon, while you’re paying $20 a gallon across town.
Oftentimes when your healthcare provider says you need a CT scan, they’ll ask their office staff to schedule the appointment on your behalf. Although this may seem helpful, your provider usually doesn’t know how much CT scans cost at different facilities. Without even realizing it, your doctor could be sending you to a facility that charges significantly more.
As it turns out, you have complete freedom to choose where to get your CT scan completed. You’re not required to go to an imaging center affiliated with your healthcare provider. Although your medical team will look out for your health, you’ll have to look out for your wallet. You have the power to choose.
First, you can call around to local imaging facilities that provide CT scans and ask for their price after network discounts. Free-standing radiology centers almost always offer better rates than hospitals, since they have much lower operating costs. The downside to this approach is it requires time.
Second, if you don’t have the time to call around to all the imaging centers in your city, or if you’re getting quoted higher prices than expected, you can use Medmo to negotiate the lowest possible price for your next imaging scan. By selecting your CT scan type and entering your zip code, Medmo will provide the given average price in your area. Medmo then goes one step further by allowing you to name the price that works for your budget. Medmo then negotiates on your behalf until it finds a center that can honor your desired price.
Estimated CT Imagery Cost Averages
Here are typical costs for a chest CT (with contrast):
Average Direct Costs: $575 – $2,236
Potential Costs After Shopping Around: $500 – $1,250
Average Costs Using Medmo: $225 – $700
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Popular CT Search Queries Regarding Cost Comparisons
The following are very popular search queries connected to CT scans and CT scan cost research We believe that you will be able to address many of these popular questions at Medmo:
CT scan cost?
CAT scan cost?
CT scan abdomen cost?
CT scan head cost?
CT scan chest cost?
CT Pricing Resources and Reference Tools
Medmo CT Scan Pricing Research – https://www.medmo.com
Healthcare Bluebook – https://www.healthcarebluebook.com/
Consumer Reports – https://www.consumerreports.org/cro/magazine/2012/07/that-ct-scan-costs-how-much/index.htm
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.
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Here’s what you’ll need to schedule an appointment
1. Imaging referral / prescription
2. Your contact information
3. Insurance OR card information