George needed a Chest X-Ray and was thinking he would go to a local hospital listed as a preferred provider in his insurance. Unfortunately, neither the hospital nor his own insurance company could tell him the actual cost of the Chest X-Ray, so George guessed it would cost about $300. George figured he would be responsible for the whole amount since he hadn’t met any of his annual $3,000 deductible for the year. He asked Innovative Medical Imaging about their “self-pay” option if he didn’t use his insurance to cover the cost of the Chest X-Ray, and found out they would only charge $81.60 if paid at the time of service. George figured he wouldn’t meet his annual deductible, so he paid the $81.60 and saved about $220!