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MRI for $7,332 Shows Wide Variety in U.S. Medical Costs

Hospital prices for outpatient care vary widely for typical services such as an MRI, according to data released by the U.S. government.

In New York, for example, hospitals charge $474 to $7,332 for a magnetic resonance imaging test of blood vessels, according to the data provided yesterday showing charges and Medicare payments for 30 common procedures that don’t require hospital admittance. The government released data in May showing similar variation in prices for in-patient services.