Originally Posted by ohreally
Just had root canal... (thanks for the kind words). A friend from Germany pointed out it'd been cheaper for me to fly to Berlin and have the operation there. I paid $1,250. She said the same treatment would be about $75 where she lives.
My procedure was as low-tech as it gets: a dentist and her assistant plus an X-ray machine displaying the picture on a Dell monitor. The whole thing took less than one hour.
Anyone who can explain the difference betwen $1,250 and $75 for exactly the same procedure will understand what ails health care in this country.
David Goldman's article for "Atlantic" last year talked about something similar. MRI's are quite expensive even though the technology is ancient by todays' standards in this fast moving electronic age; nevertheless, everyone charges a high fee.
Also, as pointed out by Harkin many cosmetic surgeries have come down in price due to it's mostly paid out of pocket not covered by private insurance and the government. The free market is supposedly at work here (I'm never sure about that anymore). This is occurring while almost everything else in health care going up.
Frum's knowledge of medical care and it's costs appear as limited as mine.