Loyal to Your Healthcare Provider Why You Shouldnt Be

Loyal to Your Healthcare Provider? Why You Shouldn’t Be

For years healthcare organizations have relied on the assumption that patients will stay loyal to their health system once they sign on. This has allowed for healthcare systems to negatively affect patients’ health based on concepts like the value of patient lifetime and patient-centered medical homes. They also consider the benefits of fewer, less redundant tests and scans when patients get their care from one organization because consumers stay loyal. 

To get the best value for their money, consumers should consider looking at multiple healthcare providers and marketplaces for their treatment.

What is “good” healthcare?

There are a few key elements to determining what is the best healthcare solution for you. 

  • Quality: Healthcare systems should operate on a base level of efficiency but there are nuances in care that can determine how quickly and efficiently a provider can deliver on them. For imaging centers, the American College of Radiology provides accreditation to ensure a standard of quality in medical imaging.
  • Communication: How quickly a center/office relays information back to you such as scheduling and insurance can really make or break an experience.
  • Price: There are a few situations where we can compete on price.  Most services are negotiated with insurers or, in some cases, are regulated by the state. Patients are also able to negotiate their own prices for services such as MRIs and CT scans when they have incentives that are attractive to their provider such as payment upfront or forgoing insurance and using cash. 
  • Convenience: Easy access to care and consumer experience are the places with the best opportunities for increasing competitiveness. Oftentimes, patients find themselves going out of their way (sometimes up to 50 miles) for providers in order to stay in-network or because they haven’t had the time or experience to look beyond a recommended center.

​​Independent Providers

If you have insurance, your bill will depend on the price your insurer negotiated with the provider. Larger hospitals and provider networks have more negotiating power, since the insurers want to keep them in-network, and command higher prices. Smaller centers end up with lower prices for the same services, providing patients with considerable savings. Get great care at a low price by having your check-ups, blood work, and imaging tests at smaller centers with good reputations. These free standing imaging centers must have “accreditation” – a certification that the center meets the essential criteria for performing specific types of scans. In most cases, accreditation comes from the American College of Radiology, the same as those used to certify hospitals. 

Always negotiate

If you’re sure about sticking with your provider, there is no harm in trying to negotiate a better rate for yourself, especially if you’re willing to pay cash. Most providers will offer significant savings to patients who can pay upfront without submitting a claim to an insurer, since there’s less overhead and no risk of a denial. If you have a high deductible and expect to pay out of pocket, you can save hundreds or even thousands by going this route. (If you expect lots of medical expenses, however, you may just want to pay down your deductible.)

If you need an imaging test, use Medmo to automate the negotiation process. Just set the price you can afford to pay. We’ll find an imaging center that can work with your budget, and we’ll book the appointment on your behalf.

With Medmo, you will receive the highest quality of imaging exams for up to 80% less than hospitals. We connect patients to high-quality and conveniently located imaging centers at our low pre-negotiated prices. Unlike hospitals, we’ll also provide you with one easy to understand bill, so you’ll know exactly how much you’re paying. 

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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