Sunday, January 17, 2010

Heath Care Follies

Ever wonder why you pay so much for heath care?

Here is reason number 5,288: In Early Tests, $99 Wii Balance Board Outperforms $17,885 Medical Rig

...doctors at the University of Melbourne found that the balance board, normally used for pseudo Yoga or navigating Mii's down a virtual ski slope, was so sensitive it could very well replace traditional laboratory-grade "force platforms" doctors use to assess a patient's balance.

When doctors disassembled the board, they found the accelerometers and strain gauges to be of "excellent" quality. "I was shocked given the price: it was an extremely impressive strain gauge set-up," said lead researcher Ross Clark, in an interview with New Scientist.

Even better, Clark's team has already published a paper that verifies the Wii balance board is "clinically comparable" to the nearly $18,000 lab force platform...
Putting "military grade" on anything and selling it to the DOD often would produce items like the infamous $600 hammers and $1000 toilet seats. Obviously military vendors have a strong competitor in the "suitable for medical use" industry for the crown of who fleeces us more.

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