Mobile heart unit offers tests at low cost

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) - A heart hospital in northeastern Indiana is hitting the road to offer low-cost access to cardiac tests.

Parkview Heart Institute unveiled its mobile screening coach last week. The customized bus allows four health care workers to administer six different heart tests to patients in two examination rooms.

The Journal Gazette reports the tests cost between $99 and $347. A package including all six tests can be purchased for $179. Parkview spokesman Eric Clabaugh says the same tests would cost $2,300 in a hospital.

Parkview can keep the costs down because the mobile unit has less overhead and the heart institute underwrites some of the costs.

Clabaugh says the mobile unit doesn't accept insurance, but patients can seek reimbursement from their health insurance providers.

Tests are available by appointment.

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