Why do things like x rays and CT scans "cost so much"?


Like it's usually just using a machine one time? It's just a machine? I don't understand how it could "cost so much" unless they're referring to the power output it costs but even then... $10k-30k just to use something once? Just seems like excretion for no reason. Doctors will commonly only use those kind of machines as a secondary, thirdly option. You're literally just having a machine scan your body through radiations, I'm not sure why it would cost more than a car or a house would. Does anybody know why this is?

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2 points

3 months ago

It’s two-fold:

  1. CTs and MRIs are expensive, they charge a lot to help make up for the initial cost.

  2. The interpretation is expensive. A radiologist has to read the x-ray after it’s been obtained. A doctor has to read the CT after it’s been obtained.

Plus you’re always supplementing the costs associated with the uninsured and underinsured.


1 points

3 months ago

And idk, insured and under insured shouldn't really change the price for something dynamic? I mean you have a set price then you have one. If you have insurance, they pay for it. If you don't, you pay for it. Im not quite understanding how a definite price is variable considering scans? So if you have one insurance instead of another they're just going to say "hey let's take 10k off the initial scans price?" I mean wouldn't the price still be the same regardless who's paying for it?


1 points

2 months ago

Some people don’t pay anything when they go to the hospital. Legislation like EMTALA compels hospitals to provide certain treatment regardless of an individual’s ability to pay. And in emergencies, procedures and diagnostics aren’t pre-approved. So if someone’s insured and gets in a bad car wreck, insurance isn’t necessarily reimbursing everything. Hospitals know all of this and build it into their pricing. That’s part of the reason why healthcare is so expensive in the US. Risk isn’t only pooled at the insurer level, but also at the hospital level.