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    in the hospital after a minor stroke, with one ultrasound, one MRI and one EKG was $13,000.00.  I spent 6 of those hours lying on a bed in a hallway outside the cardiac care unit.

    "With all the wit of a stunned trout, prodigal stumbled clumsily into the midst of a discussion . . . " -- droogie6655321

    by prodigal on Fri Nov 27, 2009 at 02:48:20 AM PST

    •  The reasons MRIs are so cheap in Japan (1+ / 0-)
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      seem to be that there are a lot of MRI machines there, (they make them) and the medical establishment is not as focused on money there as they are here. The Japanese actually pay as little as $10/night for a hospital room.

      So the $98 MRI is not an anomaly. Drugs there are much cheaper too.

      Evidently, when they made the PBS Frontline show, they did hear a common complaint from doctors in Japan that "a lot of Japanese hospitals lose money". But they still provide top quality care.

      I dread to even think of how much hospital rooms here cost now. I'm sure its well over $1000 a night.

      Japanese live longer than we do. Their health care system is measurably better than ours. (So the right wingers who are trying to denigrate Japanese medicine because they can't deal with the failure of their binary logic have absolutely no argument.)

      What the hell is wrong with us?

      Did you know that STRESS CAUSES OBESITY? That right there should be enough of an argument for single payer..

      by Andiamo on Fri Nov 27, 2009 at 05:28:10 PM PST

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