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#PriceCheck: How much do costs for routine MRIs for back pain vary?




KPCC’s Healthcare Reporter Rebecca Plevin and the Price Check team are currently crowdsourcing the varied price of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans.
KPCC’s Healthcare Reporter Rebecca Plevin and the Price Check team are currently crowdsourcing the varied price of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans.
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Have you ever gone to the doctor or hospital for a routine test or procedure, and later received a shockingly high bill?

Price Check, KPCC’s collaboration with KQED and Clearhealthcosts.com, a health costs transparency company, wants to help consumers avoid healthcare sticker shock. And to that end, they are crowdsourcing billing information from willing healthcare consumers online to create a comprehensive database of healthcare prices. 

KPCC Healthcare Reporter Rebecca Plevin will join AirTalk to discuss the project. How much do MRI prices vary? What are the factors that influence the cost of an MRI?

How do costs for back MRIs compare to other common procedures? How can a patient determine what the cost of an MRI will be before opting to receive one?

Guest:

Rebecca Plevin, KPCC Health Reporter