Modern technology is pretty cool, but crazy expensive. A while back I had a kidney stone that wouldn't leave on its own. Years ago, they would have cut me or gone in through an already existing opening (use your imagination) and get it with a medical "gopher grabber." Now they simply break it up with acoustic waves and I have only one day of down time. Unfortunately that tech is expensive. I can't remember how much it cost me for the deductible, but as I saw the bills flying through I noticed they went north of $50k before I quit counting. I got to do it again as the first one didn't pulverize me well enough and I talked to the surgeon. Apparently he and the anesthesiologist don't make that much off the procedure. If I want anyone well paid, it's those folks. If I ever need brain surgery, I won't be looking for the cheapest surgeon I can find.