Consumers on May 22, 2013 will finally get some answers about one of modern life’s most persistent mysteries: how much medical care actually costs.

For the first time, the federal government will release the prices that hospitals charge for the 100 most common inpatient procedures. Until now, these charges have been closely held by facilities that see a competitive advantage in shielding their fees from competitors. What the numbers reveal is a health-care system with tremendous, seemingly random variation in the costs of services.

Even though these prices are for inpatient services, the same holds true for outpatient services such as medical imaging. Diagnostic Imaging Services is significantly lower in average price for common exams such as MRI, CT, ultrasound and x-ray than prices charged by area hospital-based imaging centers. In many cases, our prices are lower by several hundred, if not thousands of dollars! While price transparency for imaging exams is not at the level of what this article describes, it is still beneficial for everyone to ask their physician or the hospital what the price will be BEFORE having the test. Then, call DIS and ask us for our price.

We know you’ll be pleasantly surprised. Call 504-459-3220 for any information regarding our prices and services. Along with lower average list prices comes a quiet, relaxed atmosphere at each of our centers, much less hectic traffic, no dark parking garages, an absence of elevators and no stairs to climb.

Simple. Easy. Convenient.

To read the entire Washington Post blog post, go to https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/05/08/one-hospital-charges-8000-another-38000.