A case study in U.

A case study in U.S. Health care costs The New York Times: The $2 Click to see more .7 Trillion Medical Costs Deirdre Yapalater's recent colonoscopy in a surgical middle near her home here on Long Island went smoothly: she was whisked from pre-op to an operating room where a gastroenterologist, assisted by an anesthesiologist and a nurse, performed the routine cancers screening procedure in less than an hour. The check, which found nothing at all worrisome, racked up what is likely her most expensive medical bill of the entire year: $6,385. In many other developed countries, a basic colonoscopy costs only a few hundred dollars and certainly well under $1,000.