Same Service. Different Cost.
You may have options that could save you money on routine health care services. Ask your doctor where you can go to receive the same service for a lower cost.

Understanding the Cost Difference

When your doctor recommends a health care service, like a chest X-ray or MRI, where you go could save you money. We offer a number of freestanding facilities in our network that provide the same services as a hospital, but typically for a lower cost. Understanding their differences in cost could help you save on health care expenses, especially for those in a deductible plan.
Below are examples of your potential savings for services at a freestanding facility compared to a hospital. 1
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1 The costs listed represent averages across our entire network for our commercial business. This may not be your actual cost. Costs may further vary based on your providers and needs as a patient. Furthermore, costs listed are only for a specific procedure. There may be additional associated costs, such as anesthesia, medications and follow-up examinations. As a member, you can use our Treatment Cost Advisor to get more estimated costs of care.

What's Next

There may be circumstances in which your doctor determines a service is more appropriate for you to receive at a hospital, but when you have the option to go to a freestanding facility, follow these tips:
Ask your doctor
about specialists.
When a specialist is recommended, ask if he or she can perform the service(s) at a freestanding facility.
Confirm the location
before you go.
If a referral is not required and you choose the location on your own, call the office to confirm the freestanding facility participates in our network and is not affiliated with a hospital.

Know Your Options

When your doctor recommends one of the above medical services, be sure to ask about your options at a freestanding facility in our network.
Choose a procedure to view a list of freestanding facilities in our network. 2
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2 The list of freestanding facilities is randomly generated and does not represent our full provider directory. Use our Find a Doctor tool to search for all participating providers in our network. Freestanding facilities are not always the best option depending on your personal circumstances. Be sure to talk to your doctor about the services and locations that are appropriate for you.

Find More Ways to Save on Your Health Care

At Independent Health, we want to help you make more informed decisions by understanding your plan benefits and health care options, so that you can save money and time.
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