I’m a 50 year old woman (or at least somewhere near 50) who needs to get a routine bone density scan. My doctor suggested it as part of my preventive care routine, and I heard it was painless and easy so I consented. No big deal to schedule, my doctor told me, her office would make the appointment.
I was checking out this article in Vox Magazine, its about a family who was charged $25,000 for an MRI from her local hospital in California, where comparable procedures cost just over a thousand dollars. The article goes on to address the cost for the same procedure in other countries where patients would pay about 75% less. It should be immediately obvious how important healthcare cost comparison is.