Know Before You Go - Non-Hospital Facilities

Did you know where you choose to get lab work, X-rays and surgical procedures can have a big impact on your wallet? Typically, services performed in a non-hospital facility cost less than those performed in a hospital.


You can lower your costs by receiving lab tests at participating national laboratories rather than hospital-based locations.

  • BlueChoice members should use LabCorp to save the most money and avoid extra costs.
  • PPO members can use either LabCorp or Quest Diagnostics to save the most.

X-ray and imaging facilities

If you need X-rays or other imaging services, you will pay the least out-of-pocket when you visit a participating imaging center, like Advanced Radiology.

Non-hospital surgery centers (also called ambulatory surgery centers)

Many outpatient surgical procedures can be performed at a non-hospital surgery center. If you need outpatient surgery, discuss your options with your provider.

Infusion treatment

There are many benefits to an alternative infusion site of care, including:

  • Reduced out-of-pocket costs with lower copays
  • Added convenience for you to receive care in your home or at a safe and accredited infusion suite with flexible hours (including evening hours and weekends)
  • Dedicated and skilled nurses

Sample Costs*

Sample Costs
Health Care ServiceNon-Hospital SettingHospital Setting
Lab Work
$20 Deductible, then $100
X-rays $40 Deductible, then $150
Outpatient Surgery $100 Deductible, then $200
Infusion Treatment $20 $200
* The costs in the chart are for illustrative purposes only and may not reflect your specific benefits or costs. Deductible applies to HSA plans only.

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NOTE: The information provided is meant to be helpful when you are seeking care. It is not intended as medical advice. Only a medical provider can offer medical advice. The choice of provider or place to seek medical treatment belongs entirely to you.