Politics seem to come into play as medical associations and pharmaceutical groups lobby for higher prices. There doesn't appear to be a correlation between quality and cost
• An MRI costs $138 in Switzerland, $350 in Australia and $1,145 in the U.S.
• A hospital stay costs $481 a day in Spain, $1,308 a day in Australia and $4,293 a day in the U.S.
• And giving birth with no complications costs $2,251 in Spain, $6,623 in Australia and $10,002 in the U.S."