Choosing where to get a diagnostic imaging scan can be a complicated decision full of questions. What type of scan do I need? How much will my scan cost? These initial questions may lead you to wonder where you should get your diagnostic imaging scan: either a hospital or an outpatient imaging center.
While quality care is often the first consideration when making this decision, outpatient facilities usually offer both quality care and affordability over a hospital for diagnostic imaging procedures.
Let's talk pricing.
Dollar for dollar, private practice radiologists charge less per procedure than hospitals, in fact, most patients saved on average over 33% when choosing an outpatient clinic for their diagnostic imaging.
Why can they charge so much? Hospitals charge an overhead fee, plus they are allowed to charge Medicare and other insurers a facility fee. All these little fees add up quickly and raise the price for the patient receiving (and ultimately paying for) the exam.
The following two pictures show the average prices when getting a procedure done at a hospital vs. at an outpatient facility.
Additionally, when you choose an outpatient imaging facility, you can expect to have shorter wait times and a more personalized experience, as these centers are very patient-focused. They want to make sure that you are comfortable and well informed during your procedure.
There are definitely pros and cons to choosing a hospital or an outpatient facility for your care, and for many it's a very personal decision. We love to know which option patients out there prefer, so tell us.
In the battle of Hospitals vs. Outpatient Facilities, which one do you prefer?
If you want to see how the affordability factor plays into choosing an outpatient facility, use SaveOnMedical as a valuable tool to help you save money on your diagnostic imaging procedure. If you're looking for a radiology center in the New York City area, contact Rosetta Radiology about making an appointment for one of our diagnostic imaging procedures.