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Offline redspyder

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how much does an MRI cost?
« on: January 05, 2006, 03:19:55 AM »
What is the average price for an MRI?

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Re: how much does an MRI cost?
« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2006, 04:06:47 AM »
In South Carolina, mine have averaged 1,300 to 1,500 ( I have had 4). I had one on my back and it was about 2,500$. Where are you located, that might have an effect on the price.

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Re: how much does an MRI cost?
« Reply #2 on: January 05, 2006, 06:59:04 AM »
If you're in Australia, about $A275 ($US200).

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Re: how much does an MRI cost?
« Reply #3 on: January 05, 2006, 01:15:28 PM »
In Oklahoma it's about $1500.00

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Re: how much does an MRI cost?
« Reply #4 on: January 05, 2006, 05:17:02 PM »
Wow!  I think I need to move out of Wisconsin!  My MRI was $1800 and the report from the technician (which was completely wrong) was $400.  After insurance, I had to $440.
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Re: how much does an MRI cost?
« Reply #5 on: January 05, 2006, 05:51:15 PM »
Hello Redspyder,
Here in the UK you can get a MRI Scan done for
just under 200 including report.

Regards
William

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Re: how much does an MRI cost?
« Reply #6 on: January 05, 2006, 07:47:29 PM »
In New York, it cost $980 for each knee.  My insurance, thankfully, covered them both 100%.
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Re: how much does an MRI cost?
« Reply #7 on: January 05, 2006, 08:06:50 PM »
In Canada it costs about 450$, and you can get in to one right away, but if you wait for health care (which is free), it takes up to 4 months.  Got to love Private Health Care!

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Re: how much does an MRI cost?
« Reply #8 on: January 05, 2006, 11:47:03 PM »
thanks

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Re: how much does an MRI cost?
« Reply #9 on: January 06, 2006, 06:18:28 AM »
redspyder,

If this is a situation where you will be paying cash, be sure to ask if they offer a cash dscount, many places do. It could save you a few hundred dollars.

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Re: how much does an MRI cost?
« Reply #10 on: January 06, 2006, 08:31:09 AM »
Hello Redspyder,
Here in the UK you can get a MRI Scan done for
just under 200 including report.

Regards
William



The prices vary dramatically throughout the UK. I had an MRI on both wrists not long ago and was quoted over 900 by my local hospital. My OS's secretary did a bit of shopping around for me and managed to get me an appointment in Hereford for 327 for both wrists including the report!. It would have been 200 for one wrist + 27 for the report...... an unbelievable difference!!. The hardware and the machine can make a huge difference also. There is not much point in having the MRI done if it is not detailed enough to show the structures.
To help, my OS wrote to the hospital in detail exactly how he wanted the MRI done.
Always check with your OS before going ahead and getting it done elsewhere. I had an MRI on my knee 18 months ago, which I was quoted around 1200 for, and was'nt able to go to a different hospital as my OS requested a specific radiologist to scan me and another named radiologist report on it over 300 miles away!!.  Luckily that one was paid for by the NHS.

Good luck, and please let us know how you get on,

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Re: how much does an MRI cost?
« Reply #11 on: January 06, 2006, 10:28:57 AM »
There has been a dramatic drop in the price of
a MRI Scan in the UK over the last couple of years.
Heather's right regarding checking with your OS before proceeding.
All I can is, that the scan on my knee which I paid for privately at 195.00,
was first class.

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Re: how much does an MRI cost?
« Reply #12 on: January 05, 2007, 09:59:48 AM »
Yes -prices have come down in the UK and you should be able to get a scan for 200 including a consultant radiologist report. Watch out for extras though. Some companies will charge you for a receipt and others for using a credit card. Also make sure your scans are stored as well as getting a copy because you may have to give your only copy to your O/S and you may not be able to get another. Some cut price companies  outsource the reporting abroad and you may have trouble getting legal redress if the report is negligant.
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Re: how much does an MRI cost?
« Reply #13 on: January 06, 2007, 05:50:28 PM »
I had a MRI Scan done in 2003 on my right knee, that cost 780 which was at a discount at the time. Good to see the prices have come down in the UK last few years.

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Re: how much does an MRI cost?
« Reply #14 on: January 06, 2007, 11:20:41 PM »
Hi- it's interesting why prices have come down. The Cobalt Appeal collects money in the West Midlands for MRI scanning cancer patients but in fact all the local hospitals do their own MRI scans for cancer now so the charity ended up with a load of money and 5 unwanted MRI scanners. Being a charity and not having to charge a commercial rate (since their income comes from rattling tins and legacies) they started a cut price private MRI service charging 200 for musculoskeletal MRI. Everyone nearby had to cut their price or go out of business and there was a ripple effect which has just about covered the whole UK now. They have been using their charity income to invest heavily in new facilities and advertise lavishly and are now so successful that they threaten the viability of adjacent NHS hospitals. If these close cancer patients won't be able to have their treatment locally.  Isn't charity a wonderful thing.
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