Why Does the Hospital Charge Me So Much More Money for an MRI and CT Scan?

Hospitals charge a significant amount of money for MRI and CT scans, which can be confusing and frustrating for patients. Here are a few reasons why hospitals charge so much for these imaging services:

1.    High overhead costs

Hospitals have high overhead costs, including staffing, equipment, and facilities. These costs can be passed on to patients in the form of higher imaging costs. Additionally, hospitals may also charge facility fees, which are an additional charge on top of the cost of the imaging itself.

2.    Insurance reimbursement rates

Hospitals often charge more for imaging services in order to make up for lower reimbursement rates from insurance companies. This can result in patients paying more out-of-pocket for their imaging services.

3.    Administrative costs

Hospitals have more complex billing and insurance processes than other imaging providers, which can result in higher administrative costs. These costs can also be passed on to patients.

4.    Profit motive

Hospitals are businesses and they need to make a profit to cover the costs of running the facility, pay the staff and invest in new technology. Imaging services are one of the main sources of revenue for hospitals, so they charge a premium for these services.

If you get quoted thousands of dollars for imaging at a hospital around St. George, Cedar City, or Mesquite, give us a call at Desert Peak Imaging. You will save money with us and have a personalized, caring experience.