So You Need Medical Imaging

So You Need Medical Imaging

3 Questions to Consider and How Medmo Solves Them

Over 650M advanced imaging tests were prescribed to Americans in 2019. That’s about 2 imaging tests per person. For something as vital to Americans’ health as advanced medical imaging exams, there is still a lot most people don’t know about the process.  Googling “cheap MRI near me”, “MRI test”, or “Need a CT scan soon” may seem easy but will probably bring on more confusion than solutions. Just like how there are a huge variety of tests, there is also a wide range of ways your referring physician may handle your test; a hospital may send you to the imaging center in the building, a family physician might order you a test nearby, or in many cases, you’re on your own to schedule an exam on your own. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of the 3 most important questions to ask about scheduling imaging tests and how Medmo solves them for you.

When to Get Your Test

Prior to COVID, it seemed nearly impossible to schedule a regular doctor’s appointment without being subject to crazy wait times. Some reports note that the wait time for a PCP (primary care physician) appointment in the U.S. cities was close to 24 days. This timeframe can be wider when it comes to CTs, brain scans, ultrasounds, or MRIs. Medmo leverages a network of local high-quality imaging centers to ensure that patients get the next available high-quality appointment near them. Even now, Medmo patients only wait an average of 1-2 days before their appointment, showing the efficiency of our network of imaging partners.

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Where to Get Your Test

It’s been reported that a person drives past five lower-cost providers on the way to their scheduled MRI. That’s five missed opportunities for cheaper and more convenient care. Other exams such as ultrasounds, mammograms, and chest x-rays are also affected. Though not the fault of any sole party, we were truly shocked at how opaque access to nearby medical tests can be. Medmo saves you the trouble of traveling far by only scheduling you within the distance you can travel. Having options frees you to evaluate the pros and cons of factors besides prices, such as patient care history, location accessibility, and many more.

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What to Pay

There’s a reason why we’ve written so many posts about medical imaging pricing- it’s the hardest pill to swallow. Medical imaging prices can vary greatly depending on where you go and how you pay.  Many factors go into determining the cost of medical imaging, such as what the imaging center charges, how much your insurer agrees to pay, and variants between the two. We suggest researching a “fair price” on sites such as Healthcare Bluebook which provides pricing data for thousands of different tests and procedures. Medmo also helps shoulder some of the weight by clearly asking you early on in the process your desired payment method, as that can sometimes drastically affect your final bill.

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This number helps narrow down the scale to what you WOULD pay, but is not a guarantee of what you WILL pay. Medmo’s self-pay prices are the total costs to you, without hidden fees or confusion.  We negotiate directly with imaging centers to provide the best care possible at the lowest cost to patients. We get some of the best self-pay cash deals.  If you instead decide to use your insurance we’ll always place you in a free-standing imaging center (outside of a hospital) which is almost always cheaper than hospital tests (without sacrificing quality).  With Medmo, we’ll help you decide the best way to cover your test and help you save on an easy-to-use platform. 

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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