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    This sounds to be as much a matter of organization as profit vs. non-profit.  Non-profits, such as BCBS, can gouge and provide as poor care as any for-profit.

    Another question here would seem to be is the medical system set up for the patients or the doctors?  The best for-profit hospitals and clinics typically have setups more similar to your non-profit: emphasis is on the whole patient, not on the patient's specific treatments.  The doctors work as a team for the patient, rather than a collection of specialists.

    •  When I heard MRIs cost $98 in Japan, I was (1+ / 0-)
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      really flabbergasted. Then I did some research and it turns out that the prices of the machines have been steadily falling everywhere in the world. Its only because of the stranglehold on not just healthcare prices, also INFORMATION, that they cost so much here.

      Make no mistake about it, there are entities that seem to want to prevent people from getting accurate info about their health. God forbid.

      Seriously, an MRI costs $98 in Japan.

      The price is set by Law.

      AND THEY STILL MAKE A PROFIT.

      An MRI beats the hell out of a mammogram, so why can't women get them for $98 here too?

      Whatever the reason is, its not a good one. Knowledge is good. No knowledge is bad.

      DON'T LET THE PR CAMPAIGN CONVINCE YOU OTHERWISE.

      By the way, the new MRI machines deliver just as high a quality image as the older ones. Its just a frigging scanner. An expensive one, but it's not some kind of magic. As technology gets better THEY GET CHEAPER, everywhere EXCEPT the US.

      MRIs do not expose people to radiation like a CT scan or X-ray does, just magnetism.

      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 04:50:35 PM PST

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      •  Minot nits... (0+ / 0-)

        By the way, the new MRI machines deliver just as high a quality image as the older ones. Its just a frigging scanner. An expensive one, but it's not some kind of magic. As technology gets better THEY GET CHEAPER, everywhere EXCEPT the US.

        The new MRI machines deliver better images than older machines.  The state-of-the-art has been steadily and substantially improving (just as sonogram technology has, although the technologies are entirely different).

        MRIs do not expose people to radiation like a CT scan or X-ray does, just magnetism.

        They expose people to a very strong magnetic field (this kills one or two people a year when something heavy and metallic gets too near and launches at the MRI machine), and also to a small radio-frequency field.  The RF field is radiation, but it's not ionizing radiation like X-rays and does not have the associated cancer risk.  (There's still argument about that, but the evidence is equivocal, and if there is a risk, it's at least two orders of magnitude lower).

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