If you're one of the millions of Americans who now has to pay much higher deductibles, you're going to want to find the best price

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AKRON -- Most of us shop around for bargains.

Why shouldn't you be able to do the same with health care and still be guaranteed good service?

If you're one of the millions of Americans who now has to pay much higher deductibles, you're going to want to find the best price for a medical procedure.

That's where HelpWithMedicalCosts.com comes in.

It's a public service website of the Summit County Medical Society to help residents find the best price for quality healthcare.

For example, did you know a brain MRI can have a $4,000 price difference? The website did the price comparison and found a brain MRI with or without contrast can cost almost $6,300 at Summa Akron City and St. Thomas hospitals, almost $5,000 at Akron General and at the Imaging Center in Stow, $1,900 bucks.

Having a baby? A vaginal delivery without complicating diagnosis can be more than $12,000 at Summa, more than $10,000 at AGMC and just over $11,000 at Summa Barberton.

The website also provides links for affordable medications, free eye exams and state and federal programs to help defray some of the costs.

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