A few weeks ago, I went to the ER and got an ultrasound. I had to pay $150 (basically ER fee) at the time, and I just got my bill from my insurance company: now I owe $128.50 for the physician’s fees and $111.07 for the ultrasound itself. Total ER bill: $389.57
As recommended, I scheduled a follow-up ultrasound in 6 weeks at the same hospital. The hospital recently called to inform me the ultrasound would cost me about $1600, most of which is applied to my deductible.
Given this, I think I’ll just pop by the ER in late September, and pay ($150 ER fee + $111.07 ultrasound) $261.07, about 15% as much as if I schedule my appointment at the same hospital.