Here is a visual example of one significant difference. For the record the UK has 6.1 MRI systems per million population.
Is all this good or bad? MRIs cost a great deal of money. A new MRI can cost up to $3,000,000 and the room to house it several hundred thousand. So, if you invest in an MRI, guess what? It has to be used to get your money back. More MRIs, more MRI use. Is that better healthcare? You decide.
America performs far more CT and MRI scans than other countries. There’s ‘virtually no evidence’ that’s helpful, researchers say.
Generally Americans have shorter waits for most healthcare including MRIs. While that can be critical in some cases, it may not always be essential especially for the higher costs we pay.
When proponents of M4A talk of major savings, they rarely make it clear that savings can only be achieved if what we spend on healthcare changes. That cannot be achieved simply by forcing lower prices. It also means changing the amount of healthcare we Americans receive and how we receive it.