This is a common question posed by both patients and medical professionals such as physicians, podiatrists, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants.
When a person is told to go to the hospital or a hospital-owned center for an imaging exam and has a deductible that has not yet been met, it can make a HUGE difference. A deductible, as you may know, is the amount that a person with health insurance is responsible for paying before any insurance benefits kick in.
According to research, an increasing number of people have insurance plans with deductibles ranging from $1,500 to $10,000 per year. In any other scenario, if you have that kind of financial responsibility, you would look for the most cost-effective solution without sacrificing quality. This is true whether you are looking for a new home, a new car, or a new piece of furniture.
Far too many people are unaware that they can have their imaging done at an outpatient center rather than a hospital, or that there is a difference between the two. You can save time and money while receiving an extremely high-quality imaging exam with accurate results at outpatient imaging centers such as Diagnostic Imaging Services. Consider the following factors when deciding where to have your imaging exam:
People frequently avoid outpatient imaging centers because they regard hospitals as authoritative. The same board-certified radiologist who reads your hospital-based exam interprets your imaging exams.
At Unique Imaging, the results are sent to your referring healthcare provider.
We use cutting-edge technology and high-quality equipment to ensure accurate exams and results.
2. Saving time
Appointments at hospital-based facilities are frequently unavailable for days or weeks. Outpatient imaging centers are much more efficient, often providing same-day and next-day appointments. Once you arrive for your appointment, you will have a quick outpatient experience with minimal waiting and no changes to your appointment time to accommodate urgent or ER cases.
We have three outpatient locations for your convenience. Our facilities are not part of an extensive hospital system with complicated navigation and multi-story parking garages. We provide service both locally and internationally.
Unique Imaging has become the premier choice for imaging services for patients and health care professionals in South Florida and around the world. Patients from Europe, Canada, South America, Central America, and the Caribbean Islands visit us for our services.
Regardless of where you live, you can always expect the best medical imaging service combined with the most advanced technology at Unique Imaging.
The outpatient medical imaging centers are able to keep their costs low and affordable. When compared to hospitals, outpatient medical imaging centers use their diagnostic machines on a daily basis. As a result, the high purchase, maintenance, and operation costs can be spread across a much larger pool of patients, because the equipment is constantly in use. Furthermore, unlike hospital-based centers, freestanding centers do not have significant bargaining power with insurance companies. This means they must charge rates that insurers will actually pay, ultimately keeping the cost of imaging tests low.
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