Here is another example of our broken health care system and the way in which health care has become a cash cow for hospitals, physicians, medical device manufacturers, which includes implant manufacturers, and pharmaceutical companies.
The following article from Kaiser Health News is eerily familiar to a piece I wrote a while back about a man who needed a hip replacement, and went to Belgium to get it, and discovered that the hip they gave him was made near his home in the US, but was considerably cheaper in Belgium than in the US, even though it was the same hip he would have gotten if he had the surgery locally.
That the same implant should come with two different costs, either because it is implanted in the US, or in a foreign country, or in the case below, because of the type of surgeries performed, is illogical and a symptom of a dysfunctional, profit-driven health care system that is out of control.
Here is the article link:
Breast implants — used for both cancer and cosmetic surgeries — give a glimpse into how hospitals mark up prices of medical devices to increase their bottom lines.