That’s a common question asked by both people who are patients themselves and medical providers such as physicians, podiatrists, nurse practitioners and physician assistants. The prevailing attitude is that there is no difference so it doesn’t matter where you go for your MRI, CT or ultrasound.
That simply is not true.
It can make a BIG difference when a person is staring at owing several hundred dollars (sometimes more) for an imaging exam when they are told to go to the hospital or hospital-owned center and have a deductible that has not yet been fulfilled. As you know, a deductible is the amount a person who has health insurance is responsible for paying before any insurance benefits go into effect.
Research has showed that more and more people have insurance plans with deductibles that can range from $1,500 per year to $5,000-$10,000 per year. When you have that type of financial responsibility, in any other scenario, a person would look for the most cost effective solution without sacrificing quality. That holds true when looking for a new home, a new car or a new piece of home furniture.
Far too many don’t realize they have an option to go to an outpatient center instead of a hospital for their imaging or don’t understand there is a difference. At outpatient imaging centers such as Diagnostic Imaging Services, you can save time and money and receive an extremely high-quality imaging exam with accurate results. Here are some things to consider when choosing where to have your imaging exam:
DIS offers six convenient outpatient locations. Our centers are not part of a hospital system with complex navigation and large multi-story parking garages. We offer free front door parking at all of our centers and transportation services can be arranged when needed and appropriate. Click here for information on each of our DIS locations.
Sometimes appointments are not available for days or weeks at hospital-based facilities. People are often squeezed in like sardines! Outpatient imaging centers are much faster, frequently offering same-day and next-day appointments. Once at your appointment, the outpatient experience is quick with minimal waiting and no bumps to your appointment time to accommodate hospital urgent or ER cases. At DIS, we offer a range of convenient appointment times that include both evening and weekend hours. There is no reason to delay!
Here we get to the best advantage DIS provides to communities in Southeast Louisiana.
When you find out you need medical imaging, it’s now much more common to wonder, “how much will that cost me?” At DIS, our costs are often half of hospital-based imaging providers. We know cost is an important factor to you, which is why we provide good-faith price estimates before your exam. A DIS patient relations and communications associate will be happy to speak to you about providing pricing and verifying insurance benefits. DIS accepts virtually every major health insurance plan in the area and will work directly with your medical provider to obtain preauthorization prior to your appointment with us.
If you are comparing costs between providers, be sure to ask how many bills you will receive. Many hospitals facilities will send two to three separate bills for technical, professional and sometimes facility fees. At DIS, we make it simple. It’s one fee for everything we do.
Less time. Less money. Less hassle. Less commotion. Excellent care and technology. People who choose DIS can have it all.
From here, review our information and then click on our ONLINE APPOINTMENT REQUEST. Send us the information on what type of exam you need and we will take care of the rest.
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