On a high-deductible health plan this year? You are not alone! More and more employers are implementing these plans that put more of the responsibility to pay out-of-pocket for certain health care procedures onto the patient. As a health care provider, Shields is seeing a rise in inquiries around price for an MRI scan, which have a reputation for being a high-cost imaging procedure.Read More
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You've seen Shields' commercials. Your doctor or insurance company has reminded you of it. So you get it - choosing Shields MRI can save you money! But why?? How can an MRI that is of the highest-quality cost up to 60% less than hospitals?
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.
If you drove by Shields MRI in Framingham on black Friday this year, you'd have seen a line of MRI shoppers out the door beginning at just after midnight.
Back pain and neck pain is a common complaint, especially among women. These aches can be attributed to menstrual cycles, stress, lifting children and even computer use. As women age they may suffer from back pain due to past injuries, poor posture or arthritis pain - let's face it, we're more active now in later years than past generations!
So your doctor has recommended an MRI for your neck and back pain - what next?
Why an MRI for my back pain and neck pain?
If you are experiencing neck pain or back pain, your doctor may recommend that you have an MRI of your cervical spine, which is located at the top of your spine. An MRI is often recommend for ongoing pain because it can provide more detailed images than other imaging techniques (x-ray, CT) and is better at detecting abnormalities of the spinal cord, small discs, nerves and tissue. The MRI of the cervical spine also shows parts of the lower brain including the cerebellum for evaluation.
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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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.
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%!