Some patients in Canada are tired of waiting for their MRI. Access to this technology is rationed to a much greater degree than it is in the United States. In Canada, patients who are tired of waiting are stepping out of the government health care system and paying out of pocket for their MRI. How much does a private MRI cost in Canada? According to the article in the link, the cost is several hundred dollars! That's amazing. When I got an MRI of my spine and my shoulder in the last several years, My hospital charged nearly $3,000 and was paid nearly $2,000 for their MRI. Why is that? Why can the Canadians get a cash MRI from a private clinic in their country for several hundred dollars and us Americans have to pay several thousands? Beats me.