June 11, 2005


Region still rich with MRI machines (Christopher Snowbeck, June 11, 2005, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Despite a Highmark program that takes aim at the heightened use of diagnostic imaging exams in Western Pennsylvania, the number of MRI machines in the region still rivals the number found in all of Canada. [...]

The 29 counties where Highmark operates in Western Pennsylvania are thought to be home to about 140 MRI machines, whereas the 32 million people living in Canada share 151 MRIs.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 11, 2005 7:50 AM

We don't need so many because we die before our turn is up in queue.

Of course, we wouldn't be in this mess if it weren't for Peter's province of Ontario voting for corrupt Liberals all the time.

Some insurance company should offer "Canada Level Quality" health insurance in the U.S. It would be cheaper and I bet a lot of people would sign up. It would also make a good political point.

Posted by: Randall Voth at June 11, 2005 10:57 AM

"Peter's province..."

You know, I kind of like the sound of that. Wrong province, though.

Posted by: Peter B at June 11, 2005 11:07 AM

Quebec? Then you're not guilty. I just wish the rest of us had the guts to have a "Bloq" like Quebec.

Posted by: Randall Voth at June 11, 2005 7:37 PM


Oh yes, every morning I say a silent prayer of thanks for the Bloc Quebecois. Cutting edge of right thinking, they are.

In my diplomatic years I was once in a bar in Helsinki listening to a young writer from the minority Swedish community complain about the horrible cultural oppressions she suffered at the hands of those evil Finns. As the beer flowed, she became more and more animated until we reached the point where there was really no difference between the Finns and the North Koreans. I thought she was going to get herself an AK-47 and head for the hills.

Anyone in Canada who genuinely believes he or she is "oppressed" in any meaningful sense by folks from another part of the country is in need of some foreign travel.

Posted by: Peter B at June 12, 2005 8:14 AM