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Lumbar spine MRI
Amount: $10,800.00 not covered by insurance
Posted by: Back Pain Sufferer in san pedro, CA.Posted: December 8th, 2010 12:12PM
Medical Center: Little Co of MaryInsurance: SCAN
MRI of spine - cost was $10,800+ but I only paid $78.00 and insurance picked up the rest. I'm fortunate that I have good insurance, however, I think the cost insurance paid was absurd.
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Insurance Rip Off
Amount: $9,300.00 not covered by insurance
Posted by: Ripped off in Philly in Philadelphia, PA.Posted: October 19th, 2010 05:10AM
Medical Center: University of PennsylvaniaInsurance: Personal Choice
Abdominal MRI. Insurance paid for it but the bill was absurd. If an MRI machine costs $1 mill and they perform 8 procedures a day for $2K each the machine is paid for in 63 days.
The cost of the equipment obviously plays no role in the fees my insurance company paid. I could go on but what is the point? Our medical care system is broken.
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Great Prices on MRI's
Amount: $600.00 not covered by insurance
Posted by: T W in Knoxville, TN.Posted: June 29th, 2010 06:06PM
Medical Center: Samaritan DiagnosticsInsurance: Self Pay
Samaritan Diagnostics has prices around the $600 range for MRI's. They contract with providers around the country for people without insurance and for people with high deductibles. My dad saved $600 on a 24 hour holter monitor with them.
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Over priced MRI
Amount: $5,696.00 not covered by insurance
Posted by: Paul Aubert in Santa Rosa, CA.Posted: May 20th, 2010 10:05AM
Medical Center: Sutter HospitalInsurance: United Health
My doctor sent me for a brain MRI scan with dye to check the pituitary gland. Sutter billed $5696 for the procedure, ins covered $3484, my bill $2121!!! I came to this blog as I was checking for comperative pricing. This bill is outrageous... Shop around before you book..My doctor's office is affiliated with Sutter. Really???
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Lower Back MRI
Amount: $550.00 not covered by insurance
Posted by: Bert in Garden Grove, CA.Posted: April 25th, 2010 12:04PM
Medical Center: Garden Grove Medical CenterInsurance: No
I think I was lucky to spend on the lower end of the scale for an MRI on my back. I have a bulging disc between L5 and S1. (Which is still driving me nuts) My Chiropractor was able to negotiate me a better deal because I paid cash.
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concussion
Amount: $2,186.00 not covered by insurance
Posted by: a user in Omaha, NE.Posted: April 7th, 2010 11:04AM
Medical Center: Univ Ne Med CtrInsurance: Yes
Mri on head and neck. Billed $8477.66
insurance covered $6291.66
I am suppose to cover $2186 out of pocket.
Something is seriuosly wrong here.
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lower back MRI
Amount: $0.00 not covered by insurance
Posted by: Ola in Richmond, VA.Posted: April 5th, 2010 03:04PM
Medical Center: don't know yetInsurance: Aethna Open Access
I wanted to know from my insurance how much the MRI will cost me so I can be prepared for the cost of the service. They told me the price is confidential, they can not tell me. Can you belive it?!!!! I will be paying for the service and I cannot know the price before the service
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east shanghai MRI costs
Amount: $80.00 not covered by insurance
Posted by: BBKBBK in Shanghai, Other.Posted: March 15th, 2010 08:03PM
Medical Center: East ShanghaiInsurance:
the cost was 80usd for the MRI and 12 usd for the Film, thank God for the Chinese Government supporting the people of China and the expats. We even get Chinese social security as of this year.
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Lower Back MRI
Amount: $1,900.00 not covered by insurance
Posted by: Practically Homeless in Toccoa, GA.Posted: February 28th, 2010 08:02PM
Medical Center: Stephens County Hsp.Insurance: Nope
Told em' up front before MRI that I could not pay and could not promise to ever pay, and if service was performed it would be pure indigent care. They did the MRI and sent me a bill. Replied with repeat of what I told them before MRI, and told them never to bill me again. We'll see...
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Brain MRI
Amount: $500.00 not covered by insurance
Posted by: Darktangent in Dayton, OH.Posted: February 3rd, 2010 11:02AM
Medical Center: Miami Valley HostpitalInsurance: United Healthcare
Normally it would have cost a $1000 deductible for a tier 1 hospital, and $2000 for a tier 2. Considering that without insurance it probably wouldn't have cost more than $2000, insurance seems worthless.
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Brain MRI -- Avoid Chicago
Amount: $5,400.00 not covered by insurance
Posted by: Tex in Chicago, IL.Posted: January 6th, 2010 06:01PM
Medical Center: Northwestern Memorial Hospital OutpatienInsurance: Professional Benefits Adminitrators
I feel like I got socked twice -- firstly, the cost seems inflated. Secondly, my insurance only covered 80% (after I met a costly deductable, of course). A test case in why we need health care reform.
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mri
Amount: $0.00 not covered by insurance
Posted by: brendathurman in uniongrove, AL.Posted: January 2nd, 2010 11:01PM
Medical Center: naInsurance: none
i need an mri from top to bottom and i have no insurance.
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2x MRI
Amount: $0.00 not covered by insurance
Posted by: Jessi L in Kansas City, KS.Posted: December 10th, 2009 07:12AM
Medical Center: MidAmerica Neuroscience InstituteInsurance: United Healthcare
I had to have an MRI of the neck done on Tuesday, December 8th and I'm having an MRI of my brain done today, December 10th. The MRI of my neck was long - an hour and a half- with contrast injection. However, the MRI tech was very kind and kept me calm during the procedure. Because I was referred by my GP, my insurance is covering the cost of the MRIs 100%.
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MRI Quality
Amount: $1,700.00 not covered by insurance
Posted by: Cheri B. in Merrillville, IN.Posted: September 5th, 2009 12:09PM
Medical Center: MRI Diagnostic & XRay CenterInsurance: none
When I made my appt.for the lumber MRI, the 1st thing they asked was "did I have insurance?" The actual cost of the MRI was approx. 2300.00, yet I rec'd a discount for being self-pay. They also offered a payment plan if I couldn't pay up front. The office staff was the best I have encountered and the equipment was state of the art. I was in and out within 30-45 min.
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surPRICEd!!
Amount: $14,500.00 not covered by insurance
Posted by: Veronica in charlotte, NC.Posted: September 2nd, 2009 04:09PM
Medical Center: Levine Childrens HospitalInsurance:
My son has a developmental delay and a neurologist suggested the MRI... well... the results were normal (as we knew!) but now we received an invoice for almost 15,000. (The MRI they performed it was on the brain, with contrast, the baby had to be sedated, and had to spend an hour in a hospital bed -recovery room-)
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MRI Overpriced
Amount: $3,794.58 not covered by insurance
Posted by: Larry Monske in Bremerton, WA.Posted: August 27th, 2009 02:08PM
Medical Center: Harrision MemorialInsurance: none
I had a stroke and was unconcious at the time. I have shrapnel in my body from Veitnam. As a precaution people with shrapnal in bodies arent supposed to have MRI. It tends to suck the shrapnal thru soft tissues and cartilage. Im now being sued for the cost of this procedure. Insurance that I had at the time didnt cover anything. That stroke cost me more than 15000 dollars and still being sued for balances. if any attorneys read this can ya help? I have never ever seen a copy of the MRI nor has VA ever recieved a copy that they requested.
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brain scan
Amount: $1,600.00 not covered by insurance
Posted by: milton in greensboro, NC.Posted: February 9th, 2009 08:02AM
Medical Center: hospitalInsurance: good
Went to Radiology depart at a teaching hospital w 525 beds. Appoint was for 4pm, did not get test started until 6;30,completed test around 700 pm. Several stat paitents from ER had to go ahead of me that limited avail. of RTs (radiological tech)I had no prob. getting a CD burned of my scans for my records. I would suggest that unless you want to wait, look for imaging centers. Also, the RT seemed to be quite opinionated regarding who should get an MRI-said women w potential breast tumors exempt from insurance payments for services. I suspect that this personal bias could have influenced my delay to some extent. I did not see any of the triaged patients transported in the direction of the MRI. There was some communication prob. at radiology depart. desk due to a "teaching " session between a department clerk and a student. Twice, I had to go to desk questioning the wait. Finally, they "relocated" me to a waiting room for MRI scan patients who are ambulatory. This is where i waited for 30 min. prior to the scan. I am a very patient person and have worked in the medical field. the procedure should have been for me to have waited in the seperate waiting room for the MRI scan/not the general area where there was a risk of germ contamination.
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