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.

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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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