Are you saying whether the size of a population in a region warrants the buying of a mammogram machine, a hospital would not buy its own and cede potential customers to a hospital that does have one?

That kind of answers its own question. If the size of a population warrants a buy, it buys, and competes for the business.

The larger question here is if the overpurchase of medical equipment is a significant factor in the elevated cost of health care services in the US. Possibly, although I think it pretty obvious that recurring high costs (salaries, etc) are more distortive than discrete costs (equipment purchase) because the former compounds itself over time.

Data Driven Econophile. Muslim, USA born. Been “woke” 2x: 1st, when I realized the world isn’t fair; 2nd, when I realized the “woke” people are full of shit.

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