Covenant now offers cash prices for some advanced imaging for most patients

Covenant Health recently announced that they will be offering a simple, cash based price for advanced imaging at their Fort Sanders West Diagnostic Center.  This was my go to facility while in insurance based medicine.  They’ve always been easy to work with and the reports have been good.  So I’m very happy that another imaging center, let alone a hospital affiliated center, has entered the market with clear, cash pricing on advanced imaging.  However, these prices may not be the lowest a patient can get in town and patients with government regulated insurance like Medicare, Tricare, and Tenncare don’t qualify for these discounts.

Part of my job as your physician is to help you sort out the best overall choice for your treatment and testing.  Sometimes the price point is the biggest driver and sometimes the quality is.  However, both always need to be considered.  This is why we offer healthcare without hassles, built for you.

If you are interested in finding out more about the discounts available to DPC members around town and how to best navigate the healthcare landscape, then I invite you to become a member of our program and schedule your first appointment.  We look forward to working with you.

Article: To Save Money On Health Costs, Try Putting Away Your Insurance Card

Forbes contributor Jeanne Pinder penned an article a couple days ago about the growing futility of having health insurance in saving you out of pocket costs.

To Save Money On Health Costs, Try Putting Away Your Insurance Card

If I could emphasize one point from this article it would be this:

The big thought here: Health insurance does not equal health care. In fact, your health insurance might give you access to a higher price.

Health insurance does not equal healthcare.  It never has and never will no matter what it’s called, who pays for it, or how it is administered.

In our DPC program, we have negotiated rates for our patients on services like blood work, CT and MRIs, and sleep studies that are typically 60-90% off the retail price offered for patients with insurance.  For example, a common thyroid test usually runs $75 but we offer it for free twice a year and for $5 otherwise.  A CT scan that is billed at $2400 at a hospital based facility can be done for $250 for DPC patients who pay in full at the time of service.

If you are interested in learning how DPC might save you out of pocket expenses please give us a call at 244-1800 or 980-8551

True Price Transparency in Healthcare is Key

True Price Transparency in Healthcare is Key
This article discusses a cost containment study which showed that by allowing patients to have options concerning the cost of their healthcare they were able to reduce the expense without any perceived loss of value. That is, when patients are told how much healthcare services cost, then they tend to choose the less expensive options and are equally satisfied with their care.
With Trinity’s Direct Primary Care program we offer every patient a simple and clear discussion on the cost of their care. Much of a patient’s need is covered in the membership but when patients need care outside of the membership we can help them understand where to spend their healthcare dollars the most effectively. Besides, we can get our patients MRIs for around $700 which is nearly 70% off the standard billed price found at most radiology groups.
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