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    How much does a CT Scan cost?

    Posted by John Holden on Sat, Jan 17, 2009
      
      
      

    gold coinsCT scans are frequently ordered by doctors to look for and follow a variety of diseases. Although insurance covers most of the cost, with the growth of high deductible plans, higher copays, and catastrophe-only coverage, U.S. patients are increasingly paying more out of pocket for their medical care. And over 47 million uninsured people are faced with the full cost of a CT scan if they need one.

    CT prices are based on a number of factors:

    • body part or parts being examined
    • need for contrast/dye injection
    • done at hospital or outpatient imaging center
    • local competition

    CT Scan prices vary widely online

    If you are paying cash, you'll probably start searching for CT scan prices online. You'll find a wide range of prices $300 to $1500. On the low end of the scale, the scan may not include contrast (dye) and is only one part of the entire order. For example, if your doctor orders a CT scan of the Abdomen and Pelvis, he or she is actually ordering 2 tests. On the high end of the scale, you may be looking at what the facility "charges". That is, they determine the price based on what they get paid by insurance and then multiple that by 2 or 3. This pricing scheme is frequently used to calculate cash prices.

    Negotiating CT scan prices

    Negotiating prices for healthcare services can be time consuming and frustrating. Outpatient facilities that have a lot of local competition will be more willing to negotiate prices. Some will also split the cost into 2 or 3 payments. Hospitals are usually less willing to negotiate and start from a higher price point. Key things you need to ask:

    1. Does the price include contrast?
    2. Does the price include a copy of the films or a CD?
    3. If I have to come back for additional images, are these included?
    4. Is the facility ACR certified?
    5. Is the Radiologist Board Certified?

    In addition to doing online research and calling, fortunately there are a growing number of websites (like ours) that are working hard to make prices easy to find and help you understand what you're paying for.

    FYI: You can look up our prices for CT scans here.

    Have you tried shopping for an CT scan? How much did you pay? Did ask for and get a discount? Leave your comments below.

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    COMMENTS

    Tampa General emergency room bill for one x ray and CT scan: $13, 270. Someone PLEASE tell me this is a billing error.

    posted @ Tuesday, February 03, 2009 3:56 PM by jennifer cox


    Jennifer,  
     
    Keep in mind that the bill probably shows "charges" which are not what insurance companies pay for the exams. They pay much (much) lower amounts. You can try to negotiate with the hospital for a lower bill. 
     
    Unfortunately your story is not unusual, especially for uninsured patients...

    posted @ Wednesday, February 04, 2009 12:30 AM by Ravi Sohal


    More clarification on my issue: 
    Director of billing broke down the charges for me. Evidently my ONE, hear me, ONE 10 minute CT scan was actually THREE! (??) 
    1. $3,121 "basic?" CT scan 
    2. $3,934 spine 
    3. $2,783 head 
    PLUS... 
    an additional $896.00 dollars tacked on to EACH of these for some "state of the art precision laser" BS. This adds yet another $2,700 to the bill. 
    I am absolutely OUTRAGED by this. The billing supervisor said these charges are accurate But how do I determine what is reasonable?? I have no idea how to determine WHAT IS A REASONABLE FEE FOR THESE TESTS??? 
    ps. My fingers are crossed that my insurance will fully cover the ER visit with just a $100.00 copay.

    posted @ Monday, February 09, 2009 1:19 PM by Jennifer


    Manhattan, Kansas. If I have any kind of insurance, even catastrophic, and pay cash for my pelvic ct scan it costs about $900. If I have no insurance, the price is $2500. Really, this should be illegal.

    posted @ Monday, September 07, 2009 9:38 PM by Kathi Mayfield


    You are being charged what the service provider believes the market can bear. Given the cost of purchasing and operating the machine versus the revenues it produces, most people would not consider the prices you were charged to be reasonable, particularly in an emergency situation where there is no real opportunity to shop around or discussion of what the charges would be. My personal view is that what you were charged is immoral and that until service receivers protest the gross unfairness there will be no incentive to change.

    posted @ Friday, September 11, 2009 5:05 PM by Chris


    Outragious. I had a CT scan for what the Dr. belived to be diverticulitis but wanted to eliminate raptured appendix. Not appnd but got the bill for the CT and it was $7900.00 at the hospital. Like ya'll, it's gotta be a mistake. Insured but limited.

    posted @ Friday, September 18, 2009 6:23 PM by William


    Got a bill for over $7500.00 for a scan at Middlesex hospital vs $750.00 at Hartford hospital, same scan, go figure.

    posted @ Thursday, December 03, 2009 10:09 AM by Steve


    I had a similar example of outragous CD Scann cost. On 11/3/09 I had ONE scan of my abdomen WITHOUT contrast to locate kidney stones. It took less than 3 minutes to setup the machine. Cost of the scan was $5824.00!!! And this is with Blue Cross Blue Shield Insurance coverage. 
     
     
     
    This was doen at Centennial medical Center in Nashville, TN. Next time, I will shop around and NOT go to where my doctor orders. It might take longer, but when it isn't an emergency, I don't need the soaking.

    posted @ Saturday, December 19, 2009 12:34 PM by Greg


    Went to ER for possible appendicitis and then the ER surgeon ordered a CT scan my IV clogged numerous times they finish the scans but then the contrast started to flow after they finally got the machine off and me of the test was positive for acute appendicitis and the bill was over $5000 just for the scan. This was one of the top hospitals in my state.

    posted @ Sunday, January 03, 2010 4:25 PM by No Name


    Had a CAT scan done at Binghamton General Hospital (Binghamton, NY) 1 pelvis, 1 abdomen, a NYS Surcharge (I <3 NY, please don't ever move here for any reason)... $4,282.72 no insurance.

    posted @ Friday, January 08, 2010 7:05 PM by Michael


    I was admitted to MIHS after a motorcycle acciddent and on top of all the other outrageous charges i also have a bill for $30,000 in CT scans.

    posted @ Saturday, January 16, 2010 2:49 PM by rosa


    Write your congressman. This is why we need some kind of healthcare legislation...even with insurance.

    posted @ Saturday, January 30, 2010 3:50 PM by vince


    Think the cost of your CT scan is too high? Don't pay the bill until they get the price down to earth. Shop around and get an idea of what a reasonable price is. In California and probably other states if a contractor fails to tell you up front what something costs, you are only obligated to pay a reasonable fee. Consult an attorney to be sure--it could save you thousands!

    posted @ Saturday, February 06, 2010 6:14 PM by William Pinn


    CT Scan bill for face and neck looking for abnormal masses found nothing was in the facility here in Georgia less than 1 hr Got the bill $7,984.54 disputed the bill with BC/BS was told thats what it is my end $2054.17 thats with ins. what a joke how does a normal working class person pay such a bill without going bankrupt?how do I handle this bill what do I do? any advise is appreciated

    posted @ Friday, April 02, 2010 8:56 AM by J.R.Smith


    WELL I WENT TO THE DOCTORS WITH A HEADACHE THAT WAS JUST PAINFUL AND RADIATED THROUGH MY JAW AND TEMPLE. THEY ORDERED A CT SCAN ON MY HEAD. I EVEN ASKED COULD THIS JUST BE TMJ? GOT THE SCAN ANYWAY. AND LETS SEE WHAT WERE THE RESULTS? I HAD TMJ. AND IM WAITING ON THE BILL WHICH SHOULD BE OUTRAGEOUS. AND I EVEN DIAGNOSED MYSELF.

    posted @ Tuesday, April 13, 2010 1:18 AM by lorie


    around about is the price of a mri of the left knee only.if anyone can give me an idea. i live in greenville, s.c. thanks this is out of pocket cost

    posted @ Thursday, June 03, 2010 10:25 PM by angie arteaga


    Angie, 
     
    Click on "Home" above and you can look up prices for a knee MRI in your area.

    posted @ Monday, June 07, 2010 5:29 PM by Ravi Sohal


    You all should go to (remakehealth.com), 
     
    they list thousands of facilities around the country for different tests, and their cheap. (ie. ct abdomen scan $260.Fl.)

    posted @ Thursday, July 01, 2010 9:45 PM by Bob Bear


    If we continue to act like sheep and not protest loudly and often to the hospitals and politicians, we will all continue to be bled to death, because with or without health insurance, make no mistake we are ALL paying for these obscene scenarios. I went to the ER for severe pain between my shoulder blades - 6 hrs. total in the ER - one xray and one cat scan and one IV and Dr. chat - cost over $12,000. Turned out to be gallstones.

    posted @ Friday, July 16, 2010 11:02 AM by Sandra Schroppe


    CT scan of the abdomen and pelvis from St Lukes in The Woodlands, TX ER $6,205. Unbelievable!

    posted @ Saturday, August 21, 2010 6:43 PM by ell


    Why would a hospital need to do a CT scan of the abdomen AND of the pelvis, isn't that the same general area?? This seems like a total scam to me. They have yet to produce the images. Supposedly the scans were done to locate a kidney stone. Does this sound reasonable? Total cost over $8,000!! Done in the ER at Memorial Herman in Sugarland, TX. Is there a medical doctor out there that could validate having two scans done in the same general area? Not to mention we had already told the ER that it was a kidney stone. Should I fight this bill?? Not to mention the er doc referred us to a no good doctor that botched up the first surgery and then said, "oh well, guess we have to try again!" and charge another $7,000!

    posted @ Wednesday, October 13, 2010 10:01 AM by Andie


    Why are the numbers everyone is posting on here soooo much different from the prices quoted in the link above? My bill is 5x what it says should be the average for my state!

    posted @ Tuesday, October 26, 2010 5:20 PM by Meagan


    I had an MRI and an X-ray of my lumbar region. Now I have to have a CatScan. Why did they not give me a CT first if eventually I have to have a CT. Are they just trying to make more money? I have a severe spinal stenosis and they want to see if it is caused by arthritis or a tumor is growing. I have had Multiple Myeloma. I have pain in my lower back,in my buttocks and down my legs.

    posted @ Friday, October 29, 2010 5:30 AM by Warren Lewis


    CT scan, MRI and xrays may cost alot are of great help. my brother had an accident year 2002 and had severe pain on his right leg. there was no wound on that part only bruses. after the xray result we found out there was a bone fracture. thus it was taken care early. thanks to the radiation technology. now, due to the accident he's having minor TMJ disorder and we're taking home treatment for that.

    posted @ Wednesday, November 10, 2010 11:00 AM by TMJ Home Remedies


    I pay $170 a week for our family health coverage (almost a third of my gross income). My 16 year old daughter recently started complaining about abdominal pain, loss of appetite and a 9 lb weight gain in 5 weeks. We took her to the family doctor who ordered blood work and an abdominal and pelvic CT scan with contrast. We live in a county of 23000 people with only 1 hospital and no radiology places. I discovered that my insurance does not cover any of the cost of this test; it only goes towards her $5000 deductible. The cost of these two tests: $3708. Additionally, only one of her blood tests was covered and the ultrasound they are going to use to follow up on the ovarian cyst will also not be covered because she is not pregnant. So much for Christmas....

    posted @ Sunday, December 05, 2010 2:39 PM by Julie


    The insanity of prices and the reality of what people need dont gel. Their is enough money going around that if Obama is called a socialist, oh well if that means more people can get better treatment. It seems to me even though im a lame layman the best place to start for a cancer cure is routine CT scans availible to find any problems early, like a colonoscopy does. Yet why do i think this cure for cancer would meet with opposition? Money and greed.

    posted @ Saturday, January 22, 2011 2:03 PM by Rick


    Today I went to Radiology at a local Hospital in Salt Lake City. My Doctor ordered a CT and pelvic scan without asking me if I could afford such luxury... Well, when I got to my appointment, I asked how much will this cost me. Low and behold a whooping $4000.00. They asked they I pay half of the bill up front. I was shocked! I got the forms from the admitting clerk and told her to cancel my appointment. I could only imagine how frustrated I would feel if I had paid for this scan, and they found nothing. I figure that there has to be another way. This is outrageous!!! We as consumers need to speak out. A lot of us folks can even barely afford to pay our health insurance. This whole health care system is very broken.... Fact is I have been feeling pretty good the past few days, maybe just something I ate.

    posted @ Friday, March 04, 2011 7:28 PM by Angela


    I had a CT scan to rule out any kidney problem. The bill shows 
     
    drug detail - $300, ct scan/body $7128, ct scan - $787 for a total bill of $8215.00 BCBS denied $5413.93, paid $2240.86, my bill $560.21. My monthly insurance payment is $384.59. I'm still fighting with University Hospital on the ridiculous charges and paying $15/mo.

    posted @ Friday, March 11, 2011 2:54 PM by Neisha


    I had an abdominal and pelvic CT scan with contrast at North Florida Regional Medical Ctr. in Gainesville FL last month. 
     
    The bill came to $16385.00!!! 
     
    I checked w. the hospital right away thinking this was coded wrong. They said the amount is correct! 
     
    Of all postings I have seen so far, this charge is by far the most outrageous; I am trying to contact administration execs to get this corrected.

    posted @ Tuesday, March 15, 2011 10:09 PM by Renate Anderson


    Dear Bob Bear, 
     
    The person who posted the link 
     
    remakehealth.com 
     
    Thank you YOU ARE AN ANGEL 
     
    My husband just went and got his CT scan with abdominal constrast and it only cost $530 instead of $3000-$10000. Everything is normal thank God, and we did not have to sacrifice our life savings to have peace of mind.www.remakehealth.com 
     
    is the place to go, they ROCK!!!!

    posted @ Wednesday, March 30, 2011 10:49 AM by Margaret


    $7,160.00 for a MRI at Skyline medical outpatient clinic done in Jan 2011. Outrageous I talked to them till I was blue in the face and finally just paid my 20%. This will never happen to me again I will be getting price quotes for any nonemergency medical work. It is too late after they run it through the insurance company. The health insurers and medical community are in bed together. The Health care system is so broken that it needs to be completely destroyed and rebuilt. From reading the other posts here I can see that I am not alone in my thinking on that.

    posted @ Wednesday, March 30, 2011 7:26 PM by Darryl


    I went to the ER at NW Medical Center in Bentonville, AR for what turned out to be a bowel obstruction. This was in early March 2011. I was charged a whopping $7000.00 with contrast for an abdominal CT that lasted less than 2 minutes. My total ER visit was over 12,000.00. No insurance here. This is totally obsurd. I was in the ER about 4 hours.

    posted @ Wednesday, May 18, 2011 6:44 PM by Nancy


    Nancy, 
     
    Your bill is the full charged amount. Most insurance companies pay only a 1/3 of that (or even less). Most CT scans of the abdomen and pelvis cost about $800 if you paid cash at an outpatient center.

    posted @ Thursday, May 19, 2011 6:05 PM by Ravi Sohal


    Stumbled upon this forum by accident. I live in Europe and work in hospital in a Radiology department. Read most of the posts in general conclusion is that ur goverment and Insurance companies are robbing u of ur hard earned money. 
    I will give u some examples of prices in Europe, they vary a bit but not much. Ct head scan is like 100€, mri of knee is 250€, 3-4 phase abdoemen pelvis ct with dye is 400€. Mri of brain with dye is 350€ (dye only costs 110€). ANd this is all covered in the insuranance we all have. U dont need to pay anything as the goverment pays. We pay few persents of our monthly wage but its fixed ammount and its like small. FOr instance robotic surgery of prostate cancer is i think 3000€.  
    Prices in USA are overinflated and companies are getting richer by the day. 
    SO its propably better to fly to europe and have surgery and radiological exams here and fla back and all for more then half price. 
    Is someone needs some specific info lemme know i will try to find informations u need. 
    Cheers

    posted @ Tuesday, May 31, 2011 3:06 AM by UrosB


    this isnt unusual in this field. You MUST shop around if you have insurance and if you dont, offer to pay a minimum of 15-50 per month. If you have no assests, then just dont pay. The hospital charges the HIGH price so it can charge off that much against other revenue. So it is all negotiable.  
     
    My weekend in St.Dominics hospital in Jackson Ms was 3500 for an MRI, CAT scan, neck scan and full xray work up, so it may be good to check with them if you are close.

    posted @ Friday, June 03, 2011 7:40 AM by Metal roofing contractor


    I live in Hong Kong and I am an American. I started surfing this site as I keep a BC/BS policy in America and they suddenly cut the coverage and raised the price dramatically and the staff on the phone blamed Obama and said all their policys have to be dropped and then re-covered. 
     
    Here in Hong Kong we can go to the local hospitol and see a Dr for free or very little cost. The cost would be around US$13.00.. read it again... just over 10 bucks.  
     
    The care is adequate, but not beautiful. It is a factory but the job gets done, staff speak English, and you get medicine and spend time with trained physicians, many of whom were educated in US. 
     
    I left American 19 years ago and settled here and I would not want to have say, cutting edge cancer therapy here, but when the other option is a huge loss of retirement savings with what are corperate scams on the public, I probably would go ahead and do it. 
     
    Some price comparisions. It costs $120 USD to see a western UK physician in a private office call, $65 for a western style phsio appointment, $36 USD to see a western educated local DR private care usually includes medication like antibiotics, cough syrup. If you want to go to the governement health, pretty much no matter what you have done, just over 10 bucks/day. That includes, have a baby, treat Lupus, Cancer, etc 
     
     
     
    I am very unsure American is a good place to live any longer with regards to this severe crisis. 
     
     
     
    I have visited Bumrumgrad hosptol in Thailand and it is really nice and reasonable price, check it out on their web site. All were good Dr's educated overseas and one found a condition I had that was not noticed anywhere else. I would avoid purchase of medications at the hospitol as they were expensive and instead ask for Rx and get them filled in another location. 
     
    I also buy perscriptions here for about 1/3 the cost of US prices and I am quite unsure why. I found that most of the drugs are made in China and it could be transportation costs or just simply marketing.

    posted @ Saturday, June 18, 2011 4:44 AM by Dana Abbott


    I will give you all the same advice. this has always worked for me. The hospitals are HOPING you will pay the full bill. Negotiate with them. Do not pay a thing until you have a signed payment agreement in hand. Save some money up and make them an offer. Your bill is $6000? Tell them you will pay $700 because you have shopped around and found that is the average price of your scan. Tell them you will pay them right then and there as long as they provide an agreement to the price. It works. Be aggressive and not passive and you will get a fair bill.

    posted @ Wednesday, August 03, 2011 8:17 PM by Cayman01


    Took my son to a Ft Walton Beach hospital last month. We hav blue cross insurance that paid most of the bill, but 16,245. For a er visit and ct of abd. Pelvis? Really???,

    posted @ Monday, August 08, 2011 6:01 PM by Margaret Buerkle


    San Antonio Hospital, in Rancho cucamonga, ca... CT Scan of abdomen and pelvis, without contrast 6,453.00 It was an energency room visit so I didnt have time to shop around. Nevertheless, this is crazy! =(

    posted @ Saturday, December 10, 2011 10:09 PM by Jennifer


    The hospitals charge (gouge) individual patients for several times what they charge insurance companies or other sophisticated customers who have knowledge and clout. What the hospitals are doing is blatantly illegal and in violation of many federal and state-level laws, since they are charging different customers different prices.

    posted @ Wednesday, January 04, 2012 4:07 PM by Jason Bernes


    I hit my head about a week ago and was considering getting a CT scan, but that is totally out of the question now. Hopefully I do not die.

    posted @ Tuesday, January 17, 2012 3:07 PM by Dave


    I really am thankful for all of this info that has been posted!

    posted @ Tuesday, January 31, 2012 10:38 PM by Tiff


    My family doctor told me I needed a ct pelvic scan. I was against the scan but the nurse told me that unless I got the scan I was not allowed back at the family clinic ever again. talking about putting a gun to my head. Then they told me since I am sick an unable to work more than likely they would not charge me anything and the hospital they set me up would work with me. That was a load of bullcrap I was charged  
    $6,000 for a ct scan and an extra $300 for the radiologist fee.  
    And I have no insurance, I have even talked to the hospital and they told me they will accept no less than $500 a month, which I can not afford. And I am now being turned over to collection agency. I hate doctors  

    posted @ Friday, February 10, 2012 3:48 PM by Lee


    I recently had a CT Scan at the Rothman Center which is part of JFK Medical Hospital in Atlantis, FL. They billed me $13,200+ for a CT Scan which they said included contrast, which I did not have. My husband was given an in-patient CT Scan at JFK and was only charged $900. I am very upset by the $12,000 difference in cost, which I have appealed, to no avail. The government needs to take a long, hard look at our healthcare system.

    posted @ Wednesday, February 29, 2012 5:13 PM by Julia


    I understand that you are all frustrated with the high prices of your medical bills, but might I remind you that if you know it is going to be expensive and you are going to complain about it you can refuse to have the exam done. Nobody can make you do it against your will. And the reason CT scans/MRI scans are so expensive is because the machines are outrageously expensive themselves. And the technologists who are doing the exams have to get paid too. If the hospitals did not charge the amounts they do for these exams then they would be out of business because they couldn't afford the monthly maintenance on the machines.

    posted @ Wednesday, February 29, 2012 6:26 PM by Destani


    I had a CT scan at a hospital just for my lunge, with lab work and contrast dye. $5,621.75 total cost; insurance paid majority and I owe $175. Still - that seems like an awful lot for an outpatient procedure!

    posted @ Monday, April 02, 2012 10:06 AM by Mary Beth


    don't forget folks... all billing from health facilities has a built pad for covering people who don't have insurance and for those who don't or won't work so therefore have no money..we pay out the nose!

    posted @ Friday, April 13, 2012 2:05 PM by Karen


    Sure this is outrageous but here is how it came to be and I am not defending them. Before all the copay BS started life was simple. The doctors went for the HMO bait. They get $48.00 a month for every patient they have whether they see them or not. Then when they must see you it is at a discounted rate and they get you copay too. In th following years they noticed that they were actually losing money and raised their rates to an unbelievable rate so that the insurance companies would have to pay them accordingly. So after all of labs and hospitals had to do the same. It is not a cash price but a retail price, then they applied their contract discounts to patient. No contract, No discounts and they all must be in the same price to hide the price fixing. Now they are trapped in their own cage. However, screw the printed price. Cash is cash and not contracted and you can knock them down 75% with no problem at all, fight man fight! All of this is BS, everyone is a specialist just for a few more bucks and this led to referral fraud game, charge you to send you to another doctor. I was self insured and I had heart surgery, I told the doctor, don't screw up as you won't get paid, got me? You can be tough too and I hate that word copay, it means that you mean nothing.

    posted @ Saturday, April 14, 2012 2:52 AM by Peter Schroebel


    So what does a CT really sell for or what is the real price. Well $700.00 for a standard and $1,300.00 w/ contrast. MRI's depend on the machine, older one might be as little as $300.00. One the new high resolution machines about $1,800.00 real price and $5,400.00 as retail before any discounts.

    posted @ Monday, April 16, 2012 9:01 AM by Peter Schroebel


    I got a routine MRI of the brain that I get every 5 years since having brain surgery. This time around out of pocket is $900 because the total bill is $9000. For a 45 minute test. Had I known this in advance I would have never done it.  
    Robbery and fraud. Thats all there is to it.

    posted @ Tuesday, April 17, 2012 5:10 PM by Candace


    Health Care went from a public service to corporate profit around 1990. People needed to be paid and I get that too. However, health care is now more like buying a car from a shady salesperson. Before you do anything, you must strike a deal with billing agents. I took my wife to the doctors had some test run, then talked to the billing agents and got 70% off instead of 600.00 , I paid 135.00 and that is how it is done. 

    posted @ Wednesday, April 18, 2012 6:28 AM by Peter


    Just chiming in to add that I got a quick five-minute CAT scan of my kidneys, as recommended by my physician, for kidney stones. No dye, no special instructions. The amount before insurance is just over $4000, nearly $600 out of pocket.

    posted @ Wednesday, April 25, 2012 12:31 PM by Blake


    I took my daughter to the ER and while there she and 4 other patents had Cat scans ordered. I wouldn't one of those that got a scan was in the ER for high blood pressure problems and Diabetes out of control. She had simply not taken her medication properly. I felt that it was strange that so many were getting scans for things easily explained such as that. Makes one wonder if they use this method of tests to have a reason to bill out such outrageous amounts. We the people must fight back, but how and in what way is the best method for us to do so. I'm angry that this is happening to already struggling Americans. Forbid we get sick, the bill will make you more sick.

    posted @ Monday, April 30, 2012 12:14 PM by April


    Just got the shock of my CT Brain scan bill at over $5,000. A few moments of a couple of guys shooting pictures...Their cut: $1,700.  
     
    Here's my thought...How much would it cost for the government to set the prices of various proceedures? Say...have a universal coding system with set prices for CT Scans, Bypass surgerys...? 
     
    To make it more Capitalistic, the docs could have the right to charge more, but they would have to disclose that they are charging more than the code BEFORE the patient is treated.  
     
    Just a thought.

    posted @ Wednesday, May 09, 2012 5:39 PM by Lynette


    This is why insurance costs are so high!!! The doctors, hospitals, they're all in on it. Our whole health system today is a disgrace! They play games with numbers and we, the people, are the ones that suffer.

    posted @ Wednesday, May 16, 2012 4:47 PM by Sheila Ramirez


    lets say the machine cost $500000.00 with an roi in 18 months 
     
    at 40 hours a week that figures to be $160.26 per hour. you have skilled doctors viewing the scan they charge about the same $160.00 per hour for an hours work that total is $320.00 after the machine is paid for that is all profit to the hospital and that is on a 40 hour week. do they manage to keep a 40 hour schedule. if not the price will go up. but in comes the insurance company. what if there is a bad call law suit, what will it cost. the insurance is protecting them that will cost you an additional 300000.00 now we are looking at $800000.00 machine. that up the hourly rate to $256.41 per hour. now there are cost to keep the machine running @ $300.00 per hour on service calls. see where does it end. colusion of the two biggest lobbist groups in goverment. need i say more......

    posted @ Wednesday, May 23, 2012 5:39 PM by steve imbimbo


    WOW!!! I'm getting nervous. I thought I was having a stroke,it was early in the morning. I went to the emergency room. They wisked me in and I had 15 people around me in 5 minutes, taking blood, IV'S they thought I was having a stroke. I was very impressed. They sent me for a CT scan, chest xray etc.. all to find out it was Bells 
     
    Palsy. OK, great I was relieved. Now I'm scared to death about the bill. I do have insurance, but I'm sure my part is going to be high. I see a lot of people recommend that you negoitate big time. it's so sad I would have to waste my time wheeling and dealing to make my bill reasonable. I pay $300 a month for health care. REALLY??? It's crazy. I'm ready for Obamacare.

    posted @ Wednesday, May 23, 2012 5:44 PM by Sandy


    I'm in Japan and have government health insurance, (SOCIALIST MEDICARE, if you like) for which I pay around 600 bucks US a month. That's for 2 people, me and the wife. I had a lower facial CT SCAN about 2 hours ago. Cost, around $60. That's all. It was a brand new humongous machine. They took 2 scans.

    posted @ Friday, June 15, 2012 2:23 AM by SOCIALIST MEDICARE


    My wife went in the hospital last week to have cat-scan tests for abdominal pain. Was in and out within 35 minutes. The charge? $10,176.39 for 35 minutes. The BLUE CROSS co-pay is $50. We were charged $183.18 with no explanation before the tests. I pay over $8,500 annually and my former employer pays $12,500. Medical care costs have gotten out of control.

    posted @ Tuesday, June 19, 2012 9:46 PM by SouthernYankee


    This has been dubbed "The Ten Percent Solution".  
    These charges are about 10 times the actual cost because many hospitals collect about 10% of charges from self-pays. 
    There is an e-book that describes how one man dealt with his bill. 
    Google 'money grab survive' 
     

    posted @ Sunday, July 22, 2012 11:47 AM by Bill


    We all need to understyand that these hospitals and medical facilities that charge this ourageous fees are nothing more than criminals allowed to stay iun buainess becasue the government allows it. Remember this the next time you go to the poles to vote. If our government is not prepared to help the market make medical expenses affordable to the average worker, then whats next? We want everyone to have medical care but the average worker who pays all of the bills for the poor, need to be considered as well. Making the middle class poor does not solve the problem. It only makes it worse.

    posted @ Thursday, July 26, 2012 4:39 PM by Scott


    Had CAT scan to confirm diagnosis for a kidney stone. Had a two hour stay in the ER, with one Physician Assistant visit, one doctor, IV to push pain meds. Total Bill, over $17,000 dollars billed to insurance. The place. . . Crestview, Florida. For none life threating issues, I think hospitals should be required to advise patients on the high cost of some procedures such as this. There are now law for car dealers becasue of this type of overcharging, but people give in because their insurance is covering most of it, and have negotiated a lower price. Ridiculous, I say. It is time for people to tell doctor's NO!

    posted @ Thursday, August 30, 2012 10:35 PM by Big E


    I live in Lithuania. I had to get a CT brain scan done "just to make sure" it wasn't a problem with my brain. The neurologist gave me a "discount coupon" to a private clinic (we have "socialized" medicine here). 
    They used a Siemens Somatom, the entire process from walking in the building, registering, getting the scan, and paying was about 20 minutes. 
    It cost me a whopping $38. This socialized communist medicine is such a SCAM! Especially when I read a bunch of the stories above...

    posted @ Friday, September 07, 2012 10:29 AM by Wasn'tAStroke


    I spent 2 nights in Hospital in Escondido Ca. broken collar bone and ear needed stiches. I was in a car wreck. $70,000 is the bill not counting ambulance and ear sewing. Part of the itemization is $8233.00 for a day in room. $2900. for ct of head with a "AFCGeneric ad on @ $6639.00!. $1397 daily for Oxygen. total of 6 CT scans around 3 grand ea. My insurance is $5000. max. $30 for an aspirin... 
    God help us all 
    Greg in Ramona

    posted @ Thursday, September 13, 2012 6:44 PM by Greg Chick


    My dr. scheduled a CT Scan for pain I've been having for a week in my abdomen. Hospital called to pre-register me for the procedure, and I found out my out of pocket price was going to be appx $2500, after $700 deductible and then insurance pays 75%, so $7900 for the whole procedure.  
     
    I called the doctor's office to express my dismay at the pricetag and ask for alternatives. They then tell me there is another private radiology place and call them to inquire. I did, and the CASH price, NOT going through insurance, is $350. $350!!!! hell yeah I booked it! 
     
    I called back the doctor's office and they told me that since they are owned by the hospital, they are not allowed to refer me to anywhere else UNLESS I INQUIRE. So most people may not even know that they have a choice when it comes to some diagnostics like this. 
     
    Oh, and the kicker was that the place I'm going to IS WHO THE READING OF THE IMAGING IS OUTSOURCED TO FROM THE HOSPITAL! And I would have received a separate bill from them for $400 separate from the hospital, just for the image reading service, which, of course, is included in my $350 cash pay. 
     
    The state of healthcare in this country is horrendous. I'm ready to move to China.. 

    posted @ Thursday, September 20, 2012 4:06 PM by Lori


    For a Sunday late PM kidney stone emergency, I went to the ER at Mease Countryside Hospital in Clearwater FL. A non-profit hosptial. I had a Ab and Pelis CT scan w/o contrast. I have BCBS of FL. The 'amount billed' (non-insurance) was $4382.60. That DOES NOT include the radiologist report. BCBS covered $2016 and I paid $1680.30 out of pocket, to meet my deductible. I checked 2 local reputable imaging centers, and they charge $400 and $450.  
     
     
     
    This is outragous and obvious price gouging that should be illegal. 
     
     
     
    If anything, this should be equal or less at the hosptial. Consider this: 
     
     
     
    - This hosptial has economies of scale, being a large scale hospital, even part of a larger hospital group (Baycare Health System) 
     
    - The hosptial is non-profit. At the least, it doesn’t pay corporate taxes or property taxes. 
     
    - The hospital has a large charitable foundation. 
     
    - A hospital is somewhat of a monopoly. Other companies and/or doctors cannot open a hospital in the area w/o getting government approval, which is, from what I’ve read in the newpapers, very difficult.

    posted @ Monday, October 01, 2012 7:09 PM by alan p


    Paid 14 euros in Portugal to get a face(mostly nose) CT scan. 14!!!! 
    Socialism is great! And yes, I'm also insured in the states.

    posted @ Friday, October 12, 2012 12:49 PM by Jayjay


    does anyone know how much medicare will pay for a ct and/or a pet scan?

    posted @ Monday, October 15, 2012 10:33 PM by JAIME ROSS


    No, but I am told ins. pays and if a balance is left it is illegal for them to force the balance in some states. God help us all. I say that and I am not even religious

    posted @ Tuesday, October 16, 2012 11:51 AM by Greg Chick


    My wife fainted. She was in the hospital a total of 22 hours. The bill was Thirty four thousand dollars! The CT scan alone was 10,600. This is what greed looks like. Brandon hospital Florida

    posted @ Monday, October 29, 2012 8:05 PM by Carl Thomas


    I was admitted into the emergency room at Brandon Medical Center on 7/29/12. I had cold sweats, rapid pulse, nausea, headache, light headed. My blood pressure was 80 over 50. They put me through a series of tests including a CAT SCAN ABD& Pelvis w/Contrast.They sent me home with gastritis. The next day I returned not feeling any better and the emergency doctor did a fecal check and determined I was bleeding. Test results found an object wedged in the lower part of my stomach. After two trys the gastrointerologists removed the object.  
    The Hospital billed $10,921.00 for the scan. Between my primary insurance and Medicare they say I am responsible for 1095.00. I am going to dispute the charge because the first emergency room doctor mis disagnosed it incorrectly and I could have bled to death.

    posted @ Sunday, December 02, 2012 7:47 PM by Salvatore Pontillo


    I had a cr scan in sept and got the bill today?...$18,000, we pay 10%. This was in a clinic Nd they want me to get another one next month. never dreamed it could be this much!!!

    posted @ Friday, December 07, 2012 6:24 PM by Julie mccullough


    I have a hard lump on my upper cheek. Went to 2 doctors only to be referred to a 3rd one, a Plastic Surgeon. I was advised I need a CT Scan before they can removed the lump due to Facial Nerves that might be in, around, on the lump. 
    I am dreading the cost since right now I will be on Cobra. 
    Should I shop around for a CT Scan on my own instead of using place doctor will recommend?

    posted @ Monday, December 10, 2012 1:29 PM by Alex T


    Went into ER two weeks ago. the abd and pel catscan cost 5400. It took less than two mins. my hospital bill came up to 6300. i am a student and also uninsured. its time that we all put our efforts together and stop this cruel and inhumane healthcare system.

    posted @ Friday, December 21, 2012 12:48 AM by tina


    I had a cat scan at Lakewood Ranch Medical Center in November and it was 9500. I thought they had made an error. I called and they said there was no mistake...That was what they charged...

    posted @ Saturday, December 29, 2012 7:58 AM by Sandy


    What about Medicare negotiating a charge of 33,159.00 for a CT scan of abdomen and levis to 33,908.00? THis is an approved billing statment sent to the patient!!!! Is this an error that was miscalulated and paid by Medicare??

    posted @ Thursday, January 03, 2013 2:29 PM by Nancy


    That's right.. I went to the ER, had a CT scan..my bill was $11,000. Welcome to America :D

    posted @ Wednesday, January 09, 2013 7:52 PM by Bibi


    Posted above dated December 10 2012.Since my Cobra was not processed yet I had to pay out of pocket for CT Scan.Doctors assistant suggested an Imaging Center in S. Miami.I called first and the price was $200 for head and another $200 for neck with contrast.The center was packed but all the machines looked top of the line and my CT Machine looked new.So I dont understand the prices stated above...

    posted @ Friday, January 11, 2013 2:37 PM by Akex T


    30 min MRI to look at a blind spot in one eye. Got the bill today for $12,000.

    posted @ Tuesday, January 29, 2013 7:39 PM by DS


    I flew to Iceland and had the diverticulitis version of the CT scan. All inclusive it was $270 all expenses included. With no insurance. Ticket was $700 round trip from Boston. Also for other comparison...Doctors visit is about $70 for an hour and a full set of labs is about $65. Not Bad for socialized health care even though I dont receive the socialized discount!!!.

    posted @ Wednesday, February 13, 2013 2:46 PM by rick


    Outrageous bills for CT scan. My wife got one, and it was thousands, but insurance covered 80%. 
     
    If you want to know why the bills are so high, your congressman can't do anything for you. Healthcare can't help you, and universal insurance cannot make it cheaper (it will make it more expensive).  
     
    Healthcare costs are so high simply because health insurance is nearly universal. If doctors can charge whatever they want--simply because the money is already half-way to their pockets via health insurance--then why wouldn't they? They think they're the greatest humans on earth, despite the fact that they can't treat anyone without companies like mine, which supply them with their materials. Hack profession....shady business. Govt and health insurance have ruined many poor people in this country.

    posted @ Tuesday, March 26, 2013 12:26 AM by MB


    Bill from Seton Brackenridge in Austin, Tx. Brought in by ambulance after bicycle accident. Insisted my head, chest, abdomen were okay. The Dr insisted on a CT scan. I wasn't really in a position to argue. $19,478 for the CT scans. The only thing damaged was my leg!

    posted @ Saturday, April 20, 2013 12:47 PM by Jonathan


    I can see why the doctor insisted on the CT scans. And hospitals are a profit oriented business nowadays. I strong assert that Health service providers should not be allowed to carry publicly traded stock. That being said each CT scan (pass) is $176.00 and the Radiologist fee is an add-on too. So that 3-4 scans with or without contrast. 
    They use a 500% mark-up for Retail Pricing, it is criminal but that is what the HMO's and PPO's have done to them, forcing the rates to other to skyrocket! 

    posted @ Sunday, April 21, 2013 6:27 AM by Peter


    I just had a CAT scan done in Poprad, Slovakia. It cost me EUR212. That's around USD275. What do you think about that?!

    posted @ Friday, June 28, 2013 1:50 PM by Thom Kolton


    Visited ER in Bartlett, TN for Kidney Stone. 2 Hours in ER room: $1,933; "Routine Blood work": $1,602; Cat Scan of Abdomen and Pelvis: $9,300. Total E/R charges were $13,207. Cigna Discount: $8,912. Total Ins Allowed Amount: $4,294. My portion: $1,100.  
     
    This doesn't include the Physician bills -- that was another $1,100.  
     
    The hospital charged $13,000 for a 2-hour stay in the ER w/ basic CAT scan -- the same amount as a semester of college tuition. 
     
    Our healthcare system is a national shame!

    posted @ Friday, June 28, 2013 11:51 PM by Kirt


    Just got done with ER visit. Pains like bladder or kidney problems. Doc wanted to do CT scan to verify kidney stone. Ask how much. 2000.00. Said NO way. Kept harping on it and made my wife worry something crazy. Turns out it is at least a infection and spending 100.00 for drugs to treat. Made me promise to see a urologist on Monday. No break on CT as far as I can figure If I need one I will be prepared to bargain in the future. Self pay no insurance so paid the 750.00 ER visit. Still no idea what I will pay for the doc and labs. Those are add on. Non-Profit. Yeah you got to be kidding me. Good luck all and stay informed and learn to say no to this nonsense!!

    posted @ Saturday, July 13, 2013 6:22 PM by David


    I recently had a CT with contrast at our local hospital in AZ (small town) for profit owned Hospital. The total was $3,822.50 and this covered only 4 pics of left upper quadrant. With insurance discount it was $2,866.88 and if I paid in cash, it was $2,436.84. My husband is a retired physician and was outraged at these costs. I had one of two options, put the entire bill on my credit card, or part of it and they would deduct from my credit card each month until bill was paid or I could write a check! Since it was a stat abdominal CT, I think they should have checked the entire abdomen (lower included) for that price.

    posted @ Saturday, July 20, 2013 3:24 PM by JB


    CT scan $4,700, ambulance transfer $4,700, radiology "pro" fees (the fees for the doctor to read your radiology studies, way less than an hour's work) $1,100, total bill $15,000. All this in Portola, California. America is no longer a democracy, it is an oligarchy. Until Americans insist that their representatives have the same medical coverage they do (Medicare or Obamacare), they will continue to get raped. Congress is allowing all industries to rape Americans now, not just medical. It's not going to change until so many of us are devastated that we start getting politically active again and replace all our congresspeople. We must then let new congresspeople know that they too will be replaced if they are bought and paid for by industry. That's the reality of it. No more long-term career congresspeople.

    posted @ Tuesday, October 29, 2013 11:29 PM by Frank


    CT Scan costs about 50$ and with contrast 75$ and a MRI costs about 130$. Lots of people are talking about appendicitis so heres the price list of the operation charges( Open Appendectomy costs about 250$ and Laproscopic Appendectomy 400$). Prices are inclusive of hospital stay and meds. WITH LOVE FROM NEPAL 

    posted @ Tuesday, February 04, 2014 12:50 AM by Dr.rakesh


    I ended up in the hospital on Tuesday with a pain in my appendix region. They checked my vitals, checked my urine and blood. The doctor saw me and wanted to make sure it wasn't my appendix. So he ordered a CT scan with contrast for the next morning. My bill came out to absolutely NOTHING! I live in Canada, I pay nothing for healthcare, in my province. Healthcare should be a basic human right, not a luxury! Obama has the right idea. It's the insurance companies that are filling peoples heads full of BS.

    posted @ Friday, March 14, 2014 8:25 PM by Kori


    I've had breast cancer my mom sister and niece.A family history.My mom was sx at age 21.I started having benign tunors at 20 but breast cancer diagnosis was in 2009.I've had to go to the emergency room quite a few times in the last 3 years.Everytime a CT Scan.Now my doctor wants to do one.Not a MRI.I refuse.I still have a long life but if they keep pumping radiation in me I'm not sure.I just cancelled a CT scan.My sister had a MRI just over a year ago when she was dx.Her MRI was to chdeck her whole body to make sure the cancer hasn't spread,So why must I be subjected to more radiation.Just a month ago I had a CT scan in ER.Wanted to check for kidney stone.I told the doctor I'm a BC survivor I prefer no radiation.He said to me.Well it won't be a CT scan with contrast.Well that makes no difference it's the radiation from the machine.I'm not dumb.Now I will call my oncologist who will be more sympathetic.I just found some moles that need tested so why do I want to be subjexted to radiation since I've had probably 15 CT scans and other tests with radiatin in the last 4 years.

    posted @ Monday, March 17, 2014 11:50 AM by Lynn Smith


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