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Healthcarebluebook.com: DC Area Consumers Must Stop Overpaying for Tests and Treatments
Date:6/3/2009

WASHINGTON, June 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Why is the cash price for an MRI of the cervical spine without contrast $1056.00 at an imaging center in Rockville, MD and $2710.00 14 miles away in Chevy Chase, MD? How can two facilities located just outside of Washington, DC vary so much in their pricing for the same test, in the same type of facility, using the same type of equipment? Why is the Healthcare Blue Book (HCBB) fair price of $628.00 so much less than what these facilities are charging for the same service?

These are questions that Dr. Jeffrey Rice, CEO of Healthcarebluebook.com a new free pricing guide for consumers, is asking about healthcare pricing across the United States. The pricing data is calculated from the average price that health plans pay their providers in a market area. As legislators debate healthcare reform, Dr. Rice suggests they examine healthcare pricing in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. It's a good indicator of pricing disparities for healthcare tests and treatments throughout the nation.

Consumers who are uninsured, underinsured or have high deductible health plans must learn how to obtain a fair price for high quality care. If they pay cash, they should receive discounts of up to 50% for a test or treatment. People must learn to compare prices across multiple facilities before a test or procedure is done.

Here are some additional pricing disparities that Healthcare Blue Book researchers found in the DC metropolitan area:

  • Routine Mammogram Screenings - Cash prices ranged among five facilities from $123.00 for a community based center, to $441.00 at a local hospital. (HCBB fair price is $117).
  • MRI of the Right Knee Without Contrast - Cash prices among five imaging centers ranged from $400-$1504. (HCBB fair price is $912.00).

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