Way back when, before the Lowden Chicken story really got off the ground, that first post I did on the subject said I’d bid three chickens for an MRI. (“I Bid Three Chickens for that MRI!”) This was back when everyone thought she was joking.
But I just saw this new site that has a converter for chicken denominated fees for major medical procedures. And I think the radiologist would have laughed me out of the examination room. Because it turns out that an MRI would go for 462 chickens. At least that’s the sticker price. So even with some hard bargaining it sounds like I was still an order of magnitude or two off in what would have been a reasonable offer.
The site’s converter feature has quotes for everything from flu shots to colon cancer.
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