The below is an article published online by USA Today, regarding the trend found in the South Carolina area.
Another reason hospitals are employing more doctors is to get their referrals, said Lynn Bailey, a health care consultant in Columbia, S.C. Having the physicians as well as home-health agencies, transportation, rehabilitation, medical equipment and other services makes hospitals the dominant provider in an area.
“Generally speaking, we have not found in U.S. economic history that to be a beneficial relationship for the consumer,” she said. “You end up with above-competitive-market pricing.”
Capitol Imaging Services is the largest independent radiology practice of its type serving the Southeastern United States. Not only do we perform the scan, such as a CT or MRI, we also provide the radiology expertise to review test images and issue critical findings to physicians and other health care providers.
We also often reduce out of pocket costs for people by performing our exams at lower fees. For people with unfulfilled health insurance deductibles, that’s a major financial advantage. And, this advantage is enjoyed without a sacrifice in quality of care, imaging technology or results reporting.
As an independent provider, Capitol Imaging Services utilizes global billing, meaning that one fee covers all of our services surrounding an exam. Hospitals often have separate charges for the exam (called the technical component) and the radiology service (called the professional component). This usually leads to much higher costs that are the responsibility of the person undergoing the exam to pay.
Many people have provided Capitol Imaging Services with feedback on how much money they saved by having us perform their exam. In numerous cases, the savings ranged from $200 to over $1,000+! We are always happy to provide you with a good faith estimate for any exam we do, plus have a discount fee schedule for people without insurance coverage.
Capitol Imaging Services is doctor trusted and patient preferred.