For the past year, I have had inordinate lower back issues and some long term neck issues.
Here in Oman--like in most countries in the World--outside the USA--we have fairly good coverage healthcare-wise. For example, for my back and neck, I finally had a pair of MRI s undertaken yesterday. The average cost of each of the MRIs out of the pocket here are about 150 dollars each.
Now, read here what the average cost of a single MRI is in the USA. (This is why we need a better health care system in the USA; Prices are way out of control in the land of my birth.)
According to 2014 Medicare data, hospitals and clinics in the USA charged are as little as $474 or as high as $13,259 for MRIs, depending on where you go.
Of course, both MRIs here in Oman are almost fully covered by my private insure here. (I had to make a $7.50 copay or the two of them. Those using the Omani state health system also would have only a copay of between 7 and 15 dollars for the MRIs.)