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    How much does an X-ray cost?

    Posted by John Holden on Tue, Apr 07, 2009
      
      
      

    chest xrayTrying to get costs of X-ray exams can be challenging. Even when you have the information, it's not clear what exactly you might be paying for. What body parts are included? Does the price include the Radiology report? And what if you need additional testing? This post is one of a series of posts that look at costs of Radiology tests and will be a work in progress. I hope it sheds some light on what X-ray prices include and don't include...

    Prices vary by body part and medical condition

    Most X-ray exams have different prices. For example, an X-ray of the abdomen may not cost the same as an X-ray of the chest. Each test may also have multiple different prices depending on the number of views taken. An X-ray of the knee can have anywhere from 1 to 4 or more views. An X-ray of the entire arm can actually be multpile different tests: an X-ray of the upper arm (humerus), lower arm (forearm), X-ray of the wrist and X-ray of the hand.

    Prices will vary from facility to facility

    X-ray costs will vary in price even in the same town. Hospitals are generally more expensive and have less favorable cash fee schedules than their outpatient counterparts. Hospitals are also less likely to negotiate prices with you.

    The Radiology report is included

    X-ray costs include the official Radiologist interpretation. This includes comparing to older x-rays even if done at another hospital or imaging center. Your doctor receives a copy of the report.

    Copies of the CD or films

    Sometimes you'll be asked to take a CD or films of your x-ray to your doctor to review. Most facilities will give you a copy, if requested, free of charge.

    Call back for additional images may not be included

    You won't be charged for call backs if due to technical issues or if you were unable to complete the exam because of pain. However, if it is for "more testing", then yes, there will be additional costs.

    The bottom line...

    X-ray prices can vary widely depending on the exact test, number of views, your location and whether you choose to go to an outpatient facility or a hospital. Our research shows an average cost of about $70 for an X-ray study with prices ranging from $50 to over $200.  

    How much did your X-ray study cost? Please leave your comments below:

    COMMENTS

    My wife's hospital charged $705 for a front/side chest x-ray, and insurance only paid $67. We then received a bill from the hospital for $461. Are these charges cosidered reasonable for out-patient services?

    posted @ Wednesday, October 21, 2009 8:48 PM by Steve


    Hi Steve, 
     
    The charges and allowed amount ($67) are typical - but the hospital is trying to bill you a portion of the remainder, which is called "balanced billing". In some states this is illegal. You should contact your insurance company to clarify.

    posted @ Tuesday, November 03, 2009 11:26 PM by Ravi Sohal


    Make sure and call your insurance company whenever a doctor asks you to get Xrays. I had my middle back Xrayed and it cost $1,045!

    posted @ Friday, November 13, 2009 2:36 PM by Matt


    A 2 view will be appx. $200. If your going an emergency room that price will range from $300 to $1000.

    posted @ Monday, February 22, 2010 11:51 AM by Danni


    I had a chest X-ray at the Heart of Florida Hospital in Jan. 2010. The bill for this service was $688.00. Is this reasonable?

    posted @ Saturday, March 20, 2010 3:35 PM by James Smurda


    My mother had neck x ray at university hospitals and she 
    got bill for $1200 it`s a rip off, 
    insurance just paid $80

    posted @ Friday, April 02, 2010 11:35 PM by Sergio


    In India, it cost Rs 210, which means less than 5$, for a chest X-ray.

    posted @ Thursday, May 13, 2010 3:36 PM by Karan


    Guys I got my knee x-ray done at stanford medical hospital and they charged me 1200. after the discounts (contract) for the insurance, it ended up at 770 out of which my insurance paid 0, as it is subject to deductible.  
     
    careful i must say

    posted @ Wednesday, June 16, 2010 10:59 PM by anonymous


    Is outrageous how exorbitant the prices for even the most simple medicine in the usa is horrible the way people allow the goverment to abuse them!!! I see more sickness here than in ANY third world country .. I feel so sorry for the naive masses

    posted @ Tuesday, July 27, 2010 10:09 AM by klaudia


    Yup I was just billed $1,954 for about 8 x-rays (NOT including the radiologists fees which were quite reasonable). US healthcare is hugely overpriced for this relatively simple and should be cheap technology.

    posted @ Wednesday, August 04, 2010 3:24 PM by Ian


    how much would it cost to x ray my broken knuckle and get a cast ?

    posted @ Tuesday, August 24, 2010 4:16 PM by steve


    Steve, 
     
    X-ray prices vary but you really shouldn't pay more than about $100. I wish I had some figures for a cast and the follow up. You may need to give a local orthopedic surgeon a call for a quote.

    posted @ Tuesday, August 24, 2010 9:23 PM by Ravi Sohal


    Just received the bill today - the hospital charged $547.01 for a chest X-ray. This does not include the radiology fee, which I agree was reasonable. The X-ray was adjusted for going to an in-network provider so I am supposed to pay $262.56 for something that took 5 minute's time from the technician and another 5 minutes from the admitting person. I know X-ray equipment is expensive but this is almost as much as my MRI! Ridiculous!

    posted @ Wednesday, September 08, 2010 10:42 PM by Janet


    Hey my name is Lisa, I have a question about the price on x-rays I have been having pains by my ribs and my back. My fiance thinks its my kidney or pulled a muscle and it is swollen. Please write back thank you

    posted @ Friday, September 10, 2010 5:44 PM by Lisa


    i wanna know how much an x-ray report tb screening cost? 
     
    i'm living in boston. next year i wanna go to new zerland and i need an x-ray for the visa. 
     
    do you know a cheap hospital? 
     
    thanks!

    posted @ Monday, September 20, 2010 8:46 PM by nadia


    Hi Lisa, 
     
    If you're paying out of pocket you shouldn't pay more than $100 for an xray. But ultimately it will depend on where you are and what local facilities are available. Call in advance and ask for a price quote.

    posted @ Thursday, September 23, 2010 11:07 AM by Ravi Sohal


    Nadia, 
     
    Avoid going to a hospital as they will overcharge you. Look for a local imaging center and get a price quote in advance. This shouldn't cost more than $100.

    posted @ Thursday, September 23, 2010 11:09 AM by Ravi Sohal


    Anybody reading these posts should understand how terrible our healthcare system is especially regarding billing. Stay away from hospital testing whenever possible as they can charge about 5 times as much for testing!

    posted @ Monday, October 11, 2010 1:41 PM by Marco


    Hospitals and all healthcare facilities incur losses due to some customers/patients may not have health insurance and cannot afford to pay the private fee charges. In fact these institutions charge more if you dont have insurance. Because they have to swallow these losses they increase the charges for all their services. The more they increase their charges the more the people are not able to pay. Therefore it is a viscious cycle. People dont look after their health, they misuse their body, taking drugs, alcohol. Obesity is number one enemy. They eat too much and sleep too much and end up in the hospital with no money in their pockets and the staff have to clean their poop. Imagine that. Useless piece of human bodies. Only physically grown.

    posted @ Wednesday, November 03, 2010 1:05 AM by Brad


    my doctor requested an x-ray of my back and hip and i need to know if i have to up front or wait for the bill to come in. 
     

    posted @ Tuesday, November 09, 2010 9:02 AM by ashley


    Ashley, 
     
    If you're uninsured nearly all facilities will ask for payment upfront.

    posted @ Wednesday, November 10, 2010 12:24 PM by Ravi Sohal


    Hi my name is Kevin and I got my right knee hurt in an accident. I want to do a x-ray on that part. Do anyone know if I can just do the walk-in to the imaging center without doctors' referral? and how much would that cost without insurance? I am living in California. Hope someone can help. Thanks in advance.

    posted @ Tuesday, November 23, 2010 2:17 PM by Kevin


    Kevin, 
     
    You need a doctor's order to get an x-ray.

    posted @ Sunday, November 28, 2010 6:16 PM by Ravi Sohal


    Just had my left foot xrayed at a walk in clinic from multicare with no insurance, and had to pay 100 up front,. I am hoping I won't get billed to much. Can't afford high prices.

    posted @ Wednesday, December 15, 2010 5:43 PM by andrew


    $408 negotiated charge for knee x-ray, not counting radiologist. All subject to deductible.

    posted @ Sunday, January 16, 2011 9:05 AM by Jeff


    Beaufort Memorial Hospital in Beaufort, South Carolina (non-profit, county subsidized facility with low acuity level of patients) charged $441.00 for outpatient facility xray of hand - two views. Outrageous facility with cost to charge ratio that would make your head spin and 200+% charge over costs (Profit!)

    posted @ Tuesday, January 18, 2011 4:31 PM by Paula Loftis


    A couple weeks ago, I had an emergency; I was choking of a not so well chewed piece of steak. I could still breathe, but swallowing was impossible. I went to the ER against my better judgement. They shot me up with some kind of muscle relaxer, then took x-rays. The thing passed after an hour or two (most of which I was completely alone and spittin ginto a cup so as not to vomit), I saw the doctor twice, had no exchanged words with the radiologist. I got the bill the other day: $2700.00. I'm requesting the break down of cost now, but good freakin lord! Even with insurance, I'm certain about 2 grand will come out of pocket. The radiol even had to retake a couple of times because he kept screwing up. Well, it's a good thing I got to pay for it. Next time I'll just wait the damn thing out. By the way, I live in California, so this should almost come as no surprise.

    posted @ Sunday, January 30, 2011 7:51 AM by Tyler


    I am living a small town, and i heard about X ray chest check in hospital around 3000USD. I am foreigner,my neck was hurt when i was working out....even hurt can't sleep

    posted @ Sunday, January 30, 2011 7:00 PM by Zeng


    My son had pneumonia and needed 3 chest x-rays to see what his progress was. The hospital in south Orange County charged $131 each time we went. We assumed that this was the cost of the x-ray. We just received a bill for $241/visit (a total of over $700). This seems exorbitant. Any suggestions of what to do? The hospital would only reduce our bill by 10% if we paid in 5 days or less. They stated they wrote off over $200 per visit and the rest went to toward our high deductible.

    posted @ Tuesday, February 01, 2011 10:58 AM by Haig


    Google for "Universal health care", in Wikipedia there is a long comparison list of countries that have sort of free health care,...seems US is the only country that a sick person can go bankrupt because of sickness! These comments here show that you can be robbed by highly educated people with degrees too !...isn't this shameful and disgusting ?!

    posted @ Monday, February 07, 2011 6:15 AM by mercurybc


    All of these comments coming from people who don't have a clue about all of the millions of people they never see who they ARE paying for...illegal immigrants, those who bum the system, and those who flee with no intention of paying. 
    Highly educated staff, equipment, and liability insurance are not free.  
    And I feel for anyone in UK who don't meet criteria to be brought via ambulance to the hospital for chest pain to be treated. Liberals always think it is free. Look at how much you paid in taxes the last year Englishman!

    posted @ Friday, February 18, 2011 8:03 PM by Trav


    I empathize for individuals who have to pay such high costs out of pocket for health care. I also think about how this contributes to such a vicious cycle in terms of a patient's health: If a patient can't afford treatment/examination, they may put it off resulting in the condition possibly getting much worse and more complex. It's amazing how many things can be treated more easily if diagnosed early enough. 
     
    As someone who works in medicine in Canada, I am really proud of our healthcare system. It's not perfect and does cost a lot because of our large geography and isolated rural areas, but it does much more for patients than a private system would. 
     
    It's unfortunate that Trav has such a negative view of universal healthcare. It's also unfortunate that he believes that it's immigrants and impoverished persons who are responsible for the high prices in healthcare (when that is not the case at all). Also, does he not believe everyone (even the poorest person) is entitled to healthcare? 
     
    He's right in saying that healthcare isn't free in Canada & other areas where we have universal healthcare. But if you look at the statistics you'll also see that we have a healthier population and a much, much lower number of individuals who go bankrupt because of healthcare costs. I am proud to pay my taxes, especially if it is helping others in my country get back on their feet. 
     
    However, if you don't care about others or their health and want to take a purely selfish viewpoint on this issue, it's easy to argue that universal healthcare can be implemented because of self-interest. By making sure the citizens of your country are healthy, you're reducing their stress, reducing sick times, reducing bankruptcy, reducing stress/pressure placed on family/friends, reducing further long-term more complex challenges in healthcare (which are very costly)....all of this contributes to a much stronger country overall creating greater economic prosperity and success, which means that on the individual level, you will do much better. 
     
    While that’s not my viewpoint on healthcare, it is a good argument for those that would rather focus on the individual than the collective good.

    posted @ Thursday, February 24, 2011 12:36 AM by Jalex


    My son had a chest x-ray at Carolina Pines in Hartsville, SC. The cost for the chext x-ray was $484.56. UNBELIEVABLE!

    posted @ Sunday, February 27, 2011 8:17 AM by Joye Davis


    A few months ago I went in to an orthopaedic sugeon to check out my knee which was having some problems at the time. He sent me to get x-rays in radiology in the same building (Central Utah Medical Clinic), which were included in the co-pay I paid him. They took about three different x-rays or my knee and my shoulder. 
     
    Just a couple of months ago, I went to a chiropractor who sent me to the regional hospital here in Provo, UT and they charged me my co-pay when I was there. They took about three x-rays of my back. Then I found out insurance paid 55.13 of the bill and I was left paying the rest of the $169.87.  
     
    I don't think I will be going back to the Utah Regional Medical Center for x-rays.

    posted @ Thursday, March 10, 2011 1:38 PM by Dave


    Dave, 
     
    Was the Utah facility in your health plan's network? If so, check into this as many states and insurance companies don't allow what is called "balance billing" - charging the patient for the balance the insurance doesn't pay.

    posted @ Friday, March 11, 2011 12:51 PM by Ravi Sohal


    just go to mexico, mexicali baja california its a good place, or monterrey fo people living in texas, but even better if you go all the way to jalisco, this things there are cheap and good cuality health care.

    posted @ Saturday, March 26, 2011 12:06 PM by Albert


    I am a US MD. I agree medical costs are outrageous. I had to give up private practice several years ago because I couldn't afford private health premiums for my family. Now employed by a hospital I only pay 1/8 of what I did pay. Unfortunately I now have to answer to "bean counters" who say I don't see enough patients. I give patients the time needed for their problem. 
    I was quite disolusioned to graduate med school and find out this was a business. I really don't understand how anyone affords medical care unless you make 250,000 or more (I don't) 
    While MDs get blamed for running the cost of medicine the real problem falls in durable medical equipment. Drugs, Hospital beds,IV poles, X-ray/MRI machines etc. etc. etc. 
    Look at the fancy decorations in new hospitals and clinics. 
     
    It is often said we charge people without insurance more....We do BUT it is a figment of how insurance works and how the laws regulating insurance and MDs works. 
    Typically an insurance limits what they will pay us. That by itself would be fine if reasonable but it works off a sliding scale of sorts. 
    Lets say they limit payment on something to $50. Fine, but if I bill $50 they only pay $25 which is below my cost. So, I bill $100 for it and get paid $50.  
    OK fine so I bill an uninsured patient $50...ILLEGAL. The law says I have to bill everyone the same. Equality, a good idea but in this case it creates a situation that people are forced to buy insurance.  
    Yes I do have some ways around it I cannot let poor people go without care. 
     
    Remember, American medical care is by far the most expensive in the world yet we have fallen in quality rank to somewhere around 25th in the world. Now Donald Trump can still get the best in the world! 

    posted @ Sunday, April 10, 2011 7:11 PM by DOC


    Wow. I live in Australia.. and it sounds like health is a source of business there!  
    X-rays for visa here don't even cost that much :( 
    I'm in awe of the system there :(

    posted @ Wednesday, April 20, 2011 9:10 AM by Purr


    I'm an xray tech in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and just xrayed an American citizen who didn't have our provincial healthcare. I xrayed her complete spine (10 images) and she had to pay $147.87 total.

    posted @ Wednesday, May 25, 2011 8:25 AM by xray32


    I am from Pakistan, I got Xray of my lower abdomen and neck.They charged me 1200Rs ($15 USD). Well i am really amazed to see that much cost of Xrays in other countries.

    posted @ Sunday, June 05, 2011 3:31 PM by Hassan


    Guys, sorry to tell that, but screw US health care prices. Do you know what is your problem- that one idiot started paying such premiums for health insurance, and then everybody followed. Just like the sheep.

    posted @ Tuesday, June 07, 2011 4:23 AM by K


    private insurance was started by rich folks who wanted poor folks to help them with their medical bills.  
     
    think about it: if i've got money galore and i want to keep it to myself i create a system to avoid very expensive health care charges by creating a scheme where others will foot a big part of the bill. sure, they may also get a bargain on health care costs but i get 2 for the price of 1. i get healthy returns on my investments in health ins companies plus i get to divert my medical costs among others. 
     
    in regard to 'jalex' comments above i'm afraid he has a very optimistic view of americans, especially wealthy americans. the overriding focus of this group is pure and simple selfishness with some exceptions among the truly gifted and creative.

    posted @ Sunday, June 12, 2011 5:33 PM by grasspress


    I am usually a very calm person, but I freak out almost instaneously when some one's sick in my family. The Healthcare in US costs a fortune. I just can't figure out what technology is used for x-raying something for more then $200. Why does two stiches costed $1500 for my daughter?

    posted @ Wednesday, June 15, 2011 10:16 PM by nv


    In Richmond, VA I paid for a 2-view Xray (CPT code 71020) only $29. The facility is owned by doctors, not a hospital.  
     
     
     
    If you have a choice do not go to a hospital-owned facility (I'm talking outpatient facility) because they will charge you an arm and a leg! Nowadays hospitals own laboratory facilities, imaging services, and doctor offices, so check before you go as their rack rates are astronomical. Ask if they are owned by a hospital.  
     
     
     
    Nobody pays the the rack rates except the uninsured. I've looked up a bill from last year when I did have insurance and noticed that for lab tests (at an outpatient lab owned by a hospital) the insurance company got a 96% (that's right) discount. 
     
     
     
    Some facilities may offer up to 35% discount, which means that you would still have to pay 65% of the rack rate. By comparison, an insurance company pays about 25%. This is highway robbery!

    posted @ Sunday, June 19, 2011 4:18 PM by BA


    In Slovakia (state in the middle of Europe), we have all health services (includimg Xrays, all stomatological services and additional) free!  
    Everything is paid from our cesses. 
    I am really scared, when I read how many cost Xray in USA.

    posted @ Monday, June 27, 2011 5:03 AM by Viktor


    I have an order for a hip xray and I'm on a low income card that pays for 90% of the cost of the xray process itself. The radiologist fees are not covered...What kind of price am I looking at?

    posted @ Friday, July 15, 2011 6:51 AM by Amber


    Amber, 
     
    You mentioned low income card. If you mean Medicaid, then they negotiate fees with providers and the fee depends on the state you're in. If you go to a radiology place that is not associated with a hospital then the fee for the radiologist to read your x-ray is included. If you have Medicaid try calling their office and ask them what the fee is for your xray. For hip xray there are 2 different codes: one for hip, 2 view (73510) or hips, bilateral w/AP pelvis (73520).

    posted @ Tuesday, July 19, 2011 8:22 AM by BA


    wow i am a radiographer in the UK (rad tech) and I am shocked at the prices since its free in the uk (tho it costs about £30 for a chest x-ray for private patients) free for the rest !

    posted @ Saturday, July 30, 2011 3:35 PM by Luke


    I received a bill from my local hospital for a routine colonoscopy which was thousands of dollars.Needless to say I was totally freaked out and let them know how upset I was. However I decided to get even. I made very small payments routinely, like clockwork, every month. No matter how small the payment, as long as you make an effort, they can't touch you legally. I have been making payments for over 3 years and will cont. for 2 more. Granted I would rather not pay at all since it is highway robbery, but this is workable for me and they have to wait a long,long time to get their money. Take that you dirty, rotten, medical scoundrels!

    posted @ Tuesday, August 23, 2011 1:35 PM by Dedorah Verseput


    I went to ER in Miami in early June had injured my left forearm. I had an xray with 3 views. Iwas given no injections no drugs no prescriptions. The fore arm was not broken just badly bruised and a small 3inch cut which did not require any stitches. They cleaned the cut and applied some ointment wrapped in gauze. I just got the bill haha,$2800.00 The insurance paid $700..00. So I pay2100 for a bruised arm. Over 3hours in the ER our system is beyond broken. I have insurance and this is what I have to pay what's the point of ins. I am requesting the breakdown,this will probably take weeks.  

    posted @ Saturday, September 03, 2011 12:20 AM by Scott


    My foot xray cost $600. I wonder how they come up with $50. to $200. in the artical.

    posted @ Tuesday, September 27, 2011 9:09 AM by northpack


    I recently went to the ER because I was feverish and could not swallow - neither food, nor water. I had not been able to eat for 4 days, and could barely drink. I was dehydrated and weak. I got 2 x-rays, am asthma treatment, an IV antibiotic treatment, a couple of blood and lab tests. The doctor spent a total of 20 minutes with me. The bill was $6748.00. Granted, I was treated properly and responded overnight to the antibiotic, but holy cow. Then there was the additional $125.00 for the follow-up prescription meds. A few days ago I got another bill from the radiologist, apparently they were outsourced. I was also told by customer service to expect a Dr. bill as well. So looks like the cost is going to be even higher. Oh, and I am both unemployed AND uninsured!

    posted @ Wednesday, November 09, 2011 7:37 PM by Kathleen


    for the x ray advised by the doctor why cant you go for govt. hospital for it. its very cheaper only Rs.30 in town and might be 50 in city.

    posted @ Monday, November 21, 2011 5:48 AM by prabhakar


    Just came back from France, had a chest Xray there- they took me right away, facilities were much modern than any medical offices I went in the US, talked to the doctor after the Xrays and PAID $35 for the whole thing!!!!!!!!! In the US I paid $300 co-payment with my BlueCross/Blue Shielld of Florida rip-off insurance. Also why is it that the same medication I take is $15 in Europe and $100 in the US??? Oh yeah, because pharmaceutical companies can rip us off here!!!! 
     
    Wake up America! You'll die of neglect 'cause nobody cares.

    posted @ Tuesday, November 29, 2011 1:33 PM by Louis


    Front and side view chest X-rays at St Francis in Greenville, SC ran over $600 - high deductible insurance dropped out of pocket costs to $366. Had mammogram done at the same time. Mammograms (insurance covers 100%) used higher tech equipment and more views - cost before insurance discount was $220!

    posted @ Wednesday, January 04, 2012 5:52 PM by The king is dead Long live the king


    I live in England, and despite the many things the US does right, medical care is not one of them. 
     
    No matter what your prescription is here, it is something like £7.95 from any pharmacy and the doctor's appointment is free. 
     
    Not technically free as the NHS is funded through tax, but we pay nothing when we go, so everyone is covered. I am a capitalist in general, but believe emergency services should be socialised completely. 
     
    I was shocked when I read that you can be charged for a fireman call out!!

    posted @ Thursday, January 12, 2012 7:50 PM by Phil


    I have been quoted $50 for a chest x-ray at Workwell in Salinas, $99 at Doctors on Duty in Seaside, and $370 at CHOMP (Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula)in Monterey. My insurance will pay 80%. If I calculate gasoline costs driving to Salinas, my best bet is at Doctors on Duty. Hospitals, apparently, are gouging us, which is where the healthcare dialogue should go in the political arena. Regulations, anybody?

    posted @ Friday, January 13, 2012 7:04 PM by Mark Poehner


    I just got an x-ray done in canada... it was free.

    posted @ Thursday, January 19, 2012 11:55 PM by eve


    I had two chest x-ray views for $550 for outpatient services at Saddleback Memorial Medical Center in California. It's way too expensive or exorbitant compared to other countries. What is wrong with the US medical billing system?

    posted @ Friday, January 20, 2012 6:19 PM by Julius L.


    In the Philippines, a chest x-ray for 2 views (front/side) would cost around 200-250 pesos. That's equivalent to $4 or $5. It's horrible how extravagantly enormous (and unreasonable) x-ray fees are in the United States. Is there anything being done about this? Because honestly, US x-ray fees, based on the comments I read above, and based from my experience, are lavishly expensive and it seems that hospitals are not transparent about these x-ray prices. Patients are in for a shock and awe once they receive their x-ray bills.

    posted @ Thursday, January 26, 2012 1:15 PM by Patria


    I went to the ER a few months back and they took a "nuclear xray" for a very severe abdominal pain I was having. Turns out I had a kidney stone. The hospital is charging me $9,333 for this xray because they don't accept my insurance. Is that the normal price for one of these nuclear xrays? Seems like a lot to me.

    posted @ Friday, February 17, 2012 1:04 PM by christene


    How much would it cost me to get x-rays on my abdomen? I believe I might have a hernia.

    posted @ Monday, February 20, 2012 11:59 AM by Juan


    On Jan 24th, 2012, I went to La Palma Intercommunity Hospital. I had a fall and sprained my pinky, to where it was bent backwards beyond what I could ever bend it naturally. When I saw it, I was freaking out so I went to the ER (BIG MISTAKE, should have gone to the Urgent Care). 
     
    I was sitting in the ER, just me and another kid. Nothing major going on. X Ray technicians came and x-rayed my pinky. Doctor determined it was ok, so she pulled it with her hand and it popped back in place.  
     
    Guess how much I was billed? 
     
    $968. 
     
    Yup. 
     
    For a pinky. 
     
    The bill is absolutely absurd and in no way justifiable. I simply can't afford it.  
     
    Everyone needs to sign the initiative for the FAIR HEALTHCARE PRICING ACT OF 2012. Go towww.yesforahealthycalifornia.org

    posted @ Wednesday, February 22, 2012 9:44 PM by Blake


    I'm just curious.. we had an xray and were told cost roughly 700 bucks.. and we offered to pay cash and got 25% discount or something which we paid total of 550 (roughly) .. now we are asked to pay for another bill ( called back and told it's for the radiologist) .. are we obligated to pay for this? we weren't told or aware of this .. until we are slapped with a 2nd bill.

    posted @ Wednesday, April 25, 2012 3:43 PM by t


    I have a great Doctor, spouse had his age 50 physical, 2 chest xrays, EKG, labs drawn, urine test, physical exam, and prostate check; even had several moles visually screened. At Z-Family in Omaha NE, the total cost with xrays, ekg, physcal and prostate exams, urine test and blood draws was $360.00. We will have a seperate charge from the blood lab work, but it is usually around $200.00 or less for this. This is without insurance adjustments.

    posted @ Saturday, May 12, 2012 3:37 PM by Janice E


    Chest X-ray, 2 views, Jupiter Medical Center $510.00. Outrageous!!!

    posted @ Saturday, June 23, 2012 3:16 PM by Richard Howe


    I work as a medical billet for 2 radiology offices based out of western new York and for a chest x-ray or an X-ray of any bone does not cost more than $35 and a cat scan, MRI and ultra sounds are the more pricey ones. X-rays no matter how many views and no matter what insurance should def not cost more than 50 bucks tops.

    posted @ Tuesday, July 03, 2012 8:21 PM by Liz


    I just received my x-ray bill for four views of my left dislocated shoulder. the total was 86 dollars in charlotte nc

    posted @ Monday, July 09, 2012 10:47 PM by Nick


    I hurt my ankle some months ago, and finally went in today (as it had been getting worse over the past few weeks when I walked) and saw a doctor and a few nice nurses in the ER. (FREE) The doctor gave me an xray requisition which I am calling to make an appointment for on Tuesday (FREE).  
     
    Gotta love living in Canada - I live in Ontario so yes, we do pay 13% HST, but I'd rather pay a little over time and get FREE healthcare than have bills thrown at me left right and center. I have 4 kids....if I were American I would be bankrupt.

    posted @ Saturday, August 04, 2012 6:17 PM by Nell


    It's just about money; not the people's best interests. America's healthcare system is a big fat mess of a scam!

    posted @ Tuesday, September 11, 2012 7:04 PM by scott


    hello my name's william im looking for a low cost if be found right chest X-Ray im in washington Spokane if someone could give me an e-mail. thank you vary much

    posted @ Friday, September 14, 2012 3:01 PM by william


    I was thinking of getting an X ray of my abdominal, but after i read these comments...hheeelll naaw....having secodn thoughts.

    posted @ Wednesday, October 31, 2012 1:26 PM by Messie


    Why i love Canada! cuz xray is completely free! all healthcare is free. The only thing you pay for is your prescriptions..

    posted @ Thursday, November 01, 2012 2:00 PM by Tanna


    I got choked in an accident two weeks ago, ever since I have sharp pain in my throat when I swallow, feels like something is stuck in it, and if I don't turn my head a certain way and move my adams apple before swallowing I get some blood... I have no insurance, and not alot of money after bills... Anyone know how much a throat x ray would cost me?..

    posted @ Monday, December 03, 2012 2:12 AM by Michael Minteer


    I was knocked down by a car today, now I feeling ache with my knees, I want to take an X-ray that I can make sure if there's problem with my knees. I don't have the medical insurance. How much will I cost to take an X-ray in NYC?

    posted @ Tuesday, December 18, 2012 8:01 PM by Sherry


    I went to the doctor today to get an X-Ray of my lungs. I've had some chest pain lately, and he wanted to check for fluid. He did the X-Ray immediately in an adjacent room, then I waited about 15 minutes, and then he consulted with me again when the X-Ray had been printed. Turns out my lungs are fluid-free.  
    I decided to pay in cash at the front desk before I left. The doctor visit, consolation and X-Ray all cost about $6.00, with my insurance. If I hadn't had insurance, it probably would have been about $25. Oh yeah, I live in South Korea. The medical care here is awesome!

    posted @ Wednesday, January 23, 2013 1:51 AM by Rebekah


    dude i just got a bill got $1,029!!!! 
    wtf 2 x rays were suppose to be free and i was gonna pay for the 3rd sumthing is fishy and not adding up!

    posted @ Wednesday, January 23, 2013 8:43 PM by kid shacky


    Lucile Packard Children's Hospital wanted to charge $950 for two views chest x-ray. 
     
    Magically, insurance company negotiated it down to $500 - which is exactly my deductible. 
     
    All that stinks. They seem to pull prices they charge you out of their asses.

    posted @ Monday, January 28, 2013 7:37 PM by Oleg


    I live in Elmira, New York. I lost a lot of weight recently and the nurse practitioner told me to go take a chest X ray since I was PPD positive. I took the x ray and while I was at the hospital they told me nothing about me having to pay money. Two weeks later they sent me a bill of $220. Is this legal?

    posted @ Sunday, February 03, 2013 1:03 PM by Emmannuel Thomas


    in italy you pay below 50 euro

    posted @ Wednesday, February 06, 2013 8:37 AM by paolo


    So I have a sharp pain in my lower back. Can't do anything without it happening should I get it checked out? Or should I just keep taking like two pain killers a day? WANT AN ANSWER! And kinda scared

    posted @ Wednesday, February 27, 2013 7:51 PM by You figure it out


    My daughter just had a lumbosacral spine plain x-ray at the hospital I work at and they billed me $576.00. Seriously? For a plain film of the lower spine? That, by the way, does not include the bill for the radiologist's interpretation.

    posted @ Friday, April 05, 2013 10:38 AM by EAN


    UCSD Health Services (San Diego)... Made the mistake of having my son's ankle X-rayed at Thornton Hospital Radiology. Billed $498 for the X-ray, $43 to read the X-ray. If you call the billing number on UCSD's bills, you get "Medical Billing Services", which is a collection agency named "California Business Bureau". I just wanted to understand the bill, but they immediately threatened me by saying "if you don't pay this bill during this telephone call, your bill will be sent to collections".  
     
    It's good advice to shop for radiology services. UCSD was going to charge my wife around $3,500 for a CT scan. San Diego Imaging did the same scan for $400. (I can't believe I forgot and had my son's foot X-rayed at UCSD. We will never use UCSD again, for any medical service.)

    posted @ Tuesday, April 16, 2013 2:22 AM by Richard


    congress should pass law requiring all hospitals and health agencies to display thier prices for any surgical or radiological procedures. Infact they should fix the upper and lower price limits to be done for anything connected with health care services.This will cut down more than 40 percent of health care costs in united states.

    posted @ Monday, May 13, 2013 10:54 AM by M.SHAHIDKamal


    My 15 year old daughter tweaked her knee while playing soccer, it was hurting her so bad that we decided to take her in for a x-ray. Well I just received the bill for a simple x-ray on the knee and to my amazement the bill was for $2,145. & with a $1,500 deductible I will end up paying $1,700. So much for the middle class in America!

    posted @ Thursday, May 23, 2013 3:42 PM by Tim in West Virginia


    Received the bill for my daughters ankle x-ray at a hospital. $267, insurance knocked it down to $173 for 3 pictures. 
     
    Yesterday went with my mom to a imaging service for some back xrays (She's visiting us from the Netherlands). She has no insurance here... Cost for 2 pictures of her spine $55.  
     
    Sometimes it is really worth it to call ahead and shop around. Sometimes it's better not to have insurance!

    posted @ Thursday, May 30, 2013 9:47 AM by Marco


    I mentioned to my doctor that my lower back had been hurting so he sent me to another part of the medical building for xrays. I waited there about 15 minutes, they took xrays (just 2 views) which took less than 5 minutes of their time. Then they sent me right back to finish my appointment with my doctor. Foolish me-- I assumed that this was part of my doctor visit and would be covered by my regular copay for my doctor visit. How wrong I was! Three months after that visit, I received my first bill for the xrays --$1,343.00 of which my insurance paid only $357.87. This leaves me with a bill of $985.13 which they want me to pay within 10 days! By the way, the bill only says "diagnostic testing" and does not detail anything as to what was actually done and how the charges were figured. We are a one income family with special needs kids and we pay $1400 per month for our BCBS insurance. This is so unreasonable! Somebody is getting rich off the normal working people. 

    posted @ Tuesday, June 18, 2013 10:19 PM by Cathy


    I recently (May 2013) had six x-rays taken of my broken collarbone at the emergency room of the local hospital. The hospital charges for each x-ray ranged from over $500.00 to over $600.00. A few weeks later, my wife had an x-ray taken at the emergency room of a different hospital, about two miles away. Her x-ray cost $37.00. Something crooked is going on. We're never going back to the local hospital again if we can avoid it.

    posted @ Tuesday, July 09, 2013 1:46 PM by Tommy Udo


    I was billed $744.00 for shoulder X-Ray before Insurance. Two pictures were taken. After Insurance the charge to me was $455.00 for my 5 minutes procedure.

    posted @ Thursday, July 18, 2013 8:11 AM by Bob


    Dr. Thoradarson's office at the Cedar Sinai Clinic in Beverly Hills charged me 856.03 cents before insurance(692.71 after insurance) to take xrays of my left foot. This is so absurd...an MRI of the same foot at Liberty Pacific Medical Imaging in Signal Hill, CA only cost me $400.00. Where does Cedar Sinai get off on overcharging for x-rays 

    posted @ Sunday, July 21, 2013 12:18 PM by W


    I just had xrays of my spine, they don't tell you the price before you get them done, a whopping $1,953!!!

    posted @ Friday, August 02, 2013 12:20 PM by Anonymous Pissed Off Patient


    I am outraged as my doctor gave me a work order for a lung e-ray at out hospital. They charged over $1,000. and my cost was $150. This is robbery of Medicare no wonder the plan is going broke with this kind of fraud.

    posted @ Saturday, August 03, 2013 1:16 PM by marsha lomanto


    Hospitals always over charge because of several reasons mostly the overhead. We are a mobile video pant that comes right to the patient and we range from $50-$75 per body part depending on distance. Radiologist fees are an excuse , no radiologist charges a facility 500 to read them. Check us out if your in Georgia Atlanta areas.  
    494-826-XRAY

    posted @ Friday, August 16, 2013 1:28 PM by Derek L


    If the hospital where you received the service and the consulting radiologist are contracted providers with your insurance company, then they can only bill you according to the terms of your policy. Whomever the pp was above talking about balanced billing was mistaken. Balanced billing only applies to non-contract providers... you should be able to call your insurance company to discuss the payment terms. Generally speaking, a copay or coinsurance will apply first, then a percentage of coverage... usually between 70-90% (if in network), up to your out of pocket maximum.

    posted @ Tuesday, November 12, 2013 9:47 AM by Sarah


    At St. Johns in Oklahoma (near Tulsa) 3 pictures run 341.00 and 4 pics run about 449.00. Your insurance can generally get the price reduced. My insurance pays 80% if my deductable is payed. I had 4 pics taken 5 days ago.

    posted @ Tuesday, November 26, 2013 8:56 AM by Ray


    How much would an ankle x-ray cost?

    posted @ Tuesday, December 03, 2013 12:53 AM by Caitlin


    Thanks for the comments which prompted me to go to an independent imaging center. I called my insurance company for some names on locations they recommend then called for pricing. My doctor ordered chest X-rays for possible pneumonia at the hospital. The hospital couldn't give me a quote, one place was $67, the other was $44 self pay and $49 with insurance. They took three X-rays and went self pay since I have a high deductible plan. Test make me nervous because you never know how much they're going to be until it's too late. No more for this person! I will do the same in the future for labs.

    posted @ Wednesday, December 04, 2013 2:17 PM by Marie Soler


    I was having neck pain in APRIL 2013. HAD NECK X-RAY 3 VIEWS AT BONS SECOURS IMAGING CENTER,RICHMOND VA.WAS BILLED $1500.00.mY PART 983.00. I APEALLED AND THEY REPLIED  
    That was the going rate .Who else can I go to get help ? Where does this end? These people are extortionist and scam artist .

    posted @ Tuesday, January 14, 2014 4:59 PM by william


    I live in canada all my stuff is freeeeeee!! Muhahahaha

    posted @ Saturday, January 25, 2014 11:17 AM by Mark


    I had a left hip x-ray, two positions. Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital, Wellsboro, PA charged me $1,872.35. Insurance and discount covered $437.22. They tell me I owe $1,435.13. Not happy!!!

    posted @ Monday, January 27, 2014 4:24 PM by Jim


    Three x-ray images of my hands, $590, of which insurance covered $125. The explanation of the high amount is because it is 'facilities-based' charges. This is the Multicare Covington. I had a similar 'facilities charge' when I got a blood test and mammogram there in 2011 -- since then I've been going to LabCorp for testing and mammos with any facility promoting a low-cost alternative.  
    After this, I will never use Multicare or any of their affiliates again, and I'm not that loyal to my GP to find another in a facility that is not ripping off the health system.

    posted @ Tuesday, January 28, 2014 4:25 PM by Diana


    Following up: I'm going overseas for dental. Probably for other diagnostics as well (colonoscopy, mammogram, etc.) Think aboutit - all u folks who have spent over $1000 just for xrays. $500 flight to a sunny location, MAYBE $50 for the xrays and a couple of relaxing days on the beach.  
     
    Maybe if everyone just left the US for awhile they'd get the point. Last one here turn out the lights.

    posted @ Tuesday, January 28, 2014 4:44 PM by Diana


    720$ 4 photos of my knee..  
    Chambersburg hospital @ summit health.

    posted @ Friday, March 07, 2014 11:54 PM by mike


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