The cost of radiography-in perspective
It is a known fact that everything on earth has a cost. the principles of demand and supply has not made it any better for the services offered by the radiography technicians who are in most cases required to have to take home some charge for their services.
The comparisons of the several radiology and other faculties all have to handle the process reveal a tendency which is inherent to the whole practice of the radiology. In recent years, benchmark comparisons in health care have gained popularity as a means of controlling costs through the identification of “best-in-class” performers or best practices, such as practices with the lowest cost or highest productivity.
According to one scholar, ‘the main purpose behind benchmark comparison is to share ideas to “learn from each other,” and successful benchmark comparison efforts are ongoing processes in which opportunities for improvement are continually looked for. More important, the focus of benchmark comparison need not be on decreasing cost, and benchmark comparison can include quality parameters such as timeliness of service or patient experience.’
Thus, when a benchmark is used to compare costs across institutions for individual modalities, the cost per technical methodology used and the cost per examination may be necessary. When costs are compared across modalities, the cost per examination may be preferable. This, for example, will allow one to determine how much more expensive a computed tomography examination is compared with an intravenous examination for the of the body pain.
Analysis of cost components within each modality is useful for defining opportunities for cost control and productivity improvement. For example, as expected, technologist wages, equipment and its servicing, contrast media, and film are the important cost drivers for all modalities, with medical-surgical supplies and nursing also contributing importantly in the case of interventional radiology. The association thus has a very well organized department system which is tasked with ensuring accountability of the association to its wide membership.
The bench marking contrast revealed that the radiology process still attracts substantial amounts in terms of the fees involved and the overall wage requirement of the technicians involved. This has in fact raised the cost of the radiology, not forgetting the high demand for the radiographic technicians globally.