When a doctor told Anthony Carroll he needed to get an MRI in order to help diagnose what might be wrong with his ear, Carroll didn’t figure the request would lead to a four-figure headache as well.
“When I got this bill,” he explained, “it was just outrageous.”
He was charged $7,572.85 for the MRI.
After insurance adjustments, he owed $5,721.89.
He and his wife immediately began asking questions and requesting discounts, but until they brought their charges to our attention, they couldn’t get significant financial help on the bill.
After 9Wants to Know called Lutheran Medical Center – a part of SCL Health -- the hospital provided the Carroll family a discount of greater than $4,000.
That still left him with a balance of $940.
While this was much more affordable for Anthony Carroll and his family, it’s also a lot closer to what most of us could expect to pay for an MRI from many other providers outside of hospitals.
This story provides us with an important reminder of why it’s important to be well aware of where your doctor is sending you for additional testing.