SOURCE: Data from OECD, Health Data 2013, June 2013. Compiled by PGPF.
NOTE: Number of MRI exams per thousand people in 2011 or the latest data available.
The proliferation of expensive technology is a major driver of escalating health costs. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a technique that develops detailed images of the body. Physicians can use the scans diagnose a variety of ailments, including tumors, heart conditions, and bone problems. MRI machines are very expensive; providers are paid fees both to utilize the machine and to analyze results. Given the high cost of the service, and the fact that less expensive (and often equally effective) imaging options are available, some researchers have argued that MRIs are frequently utilized unnecessarily.
International Comparison -- # of CT Exams Performed
Growing Health Care Costs in the U.S.
Long-Term Medicare Spending
Out-of-Pocket Spending on Health Care is Declining
Medicare Covers a Large Portion of National Health Costs
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