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Having a test to check your heart prior to a low-risk surgery may not be helpful and will not decrease the risk of heart complications for most healthy people. In addition if your risk of having a heart problem is low, the tests can produce a false-positive result that could cause anxiety and lead to more tests and an unneeded delay of surgery.
A stress test makes your heart work hard and takes pictures of your heart. You may need this test to check your heart if you have chest pain or other symptoms of heart disease and are unable to walk or if you have an electrocardiogram with certain abnormalities. This test will help your doctor see if you have arteries that are blocked and the degree of blockage.
Source: Choosing Wisely
For full report see: Consumer Reports
Many cardiac tests can be performed at the cardiologist’s office, which is usually the least expensive option - cardiac tests performed at a hospital are typically the most expensive option. Patients should ask their doctor if their test can be performed in the office or at an independent imaging facility to save money.
If your doctor can perform the test in their office, and their practice is affiliated with or located at a hospital, confirm with your doctor’s office that the test is performed and billed by the doctor’s practice and not the hospital.
The Fair Price is the price that you should reasonably expect a medical service to cost if you shop for care. Even in-network providers can have big cost differences for the exact same service. The most expensive providers can cost more than five times as much as providers that charge a Fair Price.
The Fair Price is calculated from actual amounts health plans have paid on claims. Some services show “bundled” pricing, which means there are multiple parts to the Fair Price. These usually include facility, physician and anesthesiologist fees, and can be viewed individually in the Fair Price Details. It’s always a good idea to request a price estimate from the provider and compare it to the Fair Price before your procedure.
The information on this website is not a price guarantee. There is no guarantee that any specific provider will charge a specific rate or that specific services will be covered under your benefit plan.
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