Shopping For An MRI (Outside The U.S.) : Planet Money On today's Planet Money, we go in search of cheap MRIs and find them in Japan.
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On today's Planet Money:

We continue our search for answers about why MRI prices can differ so greatly. This time we travel from New Haven, Conn. to Japan, where an MRI costs only $160. Why? Well, it's because of the government, the quality of the machines and as we'll hear from neurologist Dr. Michiko Kimura Bruno, because Japanese people really love MRIs.

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