The skyrocketing cost of healthcare has many shopping around for the best price on medical procedures. A Colorado Public News investigation has found the extra effort could save consumers thousands of dollars in out of pocket expenses. CPN’s Carol McKinley has more.

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Patients can save thousands of dollars on a MRI

Patients who must pay for their own basic shoulder Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Test can save up to $3,000 by shopping around. This survey asked for prices for a no-contrast image of a shoulder. Some facilities include the radiologist fee for free.

Medical Facility/ Price

Thornton Imaging Center $450
Touchstone Imaging, Lakewood $450
Radiology Imaging Associates, Denver $585
Colorado Springs Imaging $600
Open MRI of Pueblo $600
Health Images, Aurora $625*
St. Anthony Central Hospital/Denver NMR, Inc. $1,050*
Penrad Imaging in Colorado Springs $1,077*
Twin Peaks Medical Imaging, Longmont $1,320*
Community Hospital, Grand Junction $1,932*
Poudre Valley Hospital, Fort Collins $2,112*
Avista Adventist Hospital, Louisville $2118
Banner Health in northern Colorado $2,228*
Greeley Medical Clinic $2,281
Colorado Plains Medical Center, Fort Morgan $2,863*
Boulder Community Hospital $3,360*
St. Anthony North Hospital, Westminster $3,366
Memorial Hospital, Colorado Springs $3,460*

* Fee at these facilities can drop five to 50 percent if the patient pays cash up front.
Source: Colorado Public News


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