Shields Health Care Group Blog

The question everyone asks: WHY does Shields MRI cost less?

Posted by Lisa Campisi

You've heard our commercials. You've seen Tedy Bruschi say it. You get it - choosing Shields can save you money! But why?? How can an MRI that is of the highest-quality cost up to 60% less than hospitals? 

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Tags: price, cost, mri price, transparency, MRI cost, high-deductible health plan

Two MRIs. One BIG difference.

Posted by Lisa Campisi

You don't have to be a radiologist to see what's wrong in THIS picture. While the pictures above are a fun way of showing a price difference, its a very real scenario in Massachusetts. The fact is that the price of an MRI in Massachusetts can vary as much as 65% for the EXACT same scan – the same technology, the same body part, even the same time of day. The purpose of an MRI is to look deeper; perhaps it’s time for consumers to do the same – to their MRI bills.

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Tags: open-bore MRI, MRI, cost, open MRI, copays, health premiums, MRI centers, mri price, health care shopping, high-deductible health plan, HDHP

Five REAL tips to help the family on a high-deductible health plan

Posted by Lisa Campisi

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Tags: health care dollars, MRI, cost, copays, healthcare expenses, health premiums, health insurer, mri price, high-deductible health plan, HDHP

Head trauma: a serious threat to children athletes. Is an MRI needed?

Posted by James Ivas

If your children play football or any contact sport, do they face the risk of injuring their head? Yes. If he or she never experiences a concussion, are they risk-free from any negative changes in the brain? No.

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Tags: 3T, sports injury, head injury, concussion, cost, 1.5T, TBI, traumatic brain injury, sports-related concussion, concussion MRI, Shields MRI, copays, pediatric MRI, child MRI

Tips for talking to your doctor about price

Posted by Lisa Campisi

Taking an active role in your health and communicating with your doctor is critical to getting good healthcare; that includes discussions around cost. Here are some tips on preparing for discussions with your doctor about price. 

Get educated. Before you go to your appointment, become familiar with your health plan. Find out about your co-pay, deductible and what procedures are covered.

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Tags: MRI, cost, Shields MRI, magnetic resonance imaging, HR, HR Directors, copays, MR, Tedy Bruschi

Study finds CT Scans aid in reducing lung cancer deaths

Posted by Carmel Shields

Check out Gardiner Harris' article in the New York Times: "CT Scans Cut Lung Cancer Deaths, Study Finds."  Mr. Harris reports on a recent study that finds annual CT scans for 'heavy' smokers can aid in reducing deaths by lung cancer by 20%!

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Tags: CAT, cancer, scan, CT.lung cancer, cost