HEALTHCARE'S BAD SECRET
This Index found that patients who participate in consumer‐directed health plans (CDHPs), and high
deductibleplans, could be paying almost 700 percent more than they have to for imaging services
simply because they don’t have access to critical healthcare pricing information. Individuals can save up
to $2,000 on just one of the more expensive imaging services by comparing costs among facilities and
selecting more affordable options. This has huge implications for employers who could cut an average of
30 percent off their imaging bill each year – shaving significant costs off what is considered a
“big‐ticketitem” for payers and employers. In fact, the Index reveals an employer with 15,000
employees couldsave half a million dollars each year. Backed by claims data from more than 150,000
patients enrolled inemployer‐provided health plans in more than 200 companies across all 50 states,
the findingsunderscore the central role that actionable cost transparency plays in reducing healthcare
CT SCANS: With more than 70 million CT scans performed each year in the U.S., the Indexrevealed an average of 40 percent possible savings across all regions.
MRI: The Index revealed a 25 percent average savings potential across all regions studied for
patients receiving the three most frequent MRIs (lower extremity, brain and lumbar spine) by
shopping local facilities.
Ultrasound: For all regions, shopping local facilities can yielda 28 percent savings for patients
receiving the three most frequent ultrasounds (breast, abdomen and transvaginal) by shopping
PET Scans: Generally one of the priciest items in imaging, the Index found that patients across
the U.S. could save an average of 36 percent by comparing prices.
Mammography: The Index reveals that patients could save an average of 17 percent on
mammography services per year by switching providers.
Source: Healthcare Transparency Index 2011