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Many providers perform diagnostics like x-rays, mammography, ultrasound exams and bone density studies in their own offices. In-office tests are often (but not always) the best value. If your doctor offers you an in-office test, be sure to ask for and compare the price against the Fair Price with the Bluebook mobile app while you are there. If the quoted price is significantly more than the Fair Price, ask your doctor for a referral to another diagnostic testing facility that offers a better value.
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.
For more information about the Fair Price, click here.
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