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Nonprofits, community hospitals charge more for MRI brain scans: Analysis

Posted On: Mar. 23, 2023 10:06 AM CST

Nonprofit and public hospitals charged commercially insured patients up to 25% more for brain scans with an MRI than for-profit facilities, a new JAMA analysis found, Axios reports. Non-profits, teaching hospitals and hospitals in more affluent areas tended to have higher markups, a lower proportion of Medicare patients and a higher likelihood of employing clinicians in MRI departments. For-profit hospitals in the study charged a median price of $1,509, while nonprofit and government hospitals charged a median $1,938 and $2,149, respectively.