Cost vs. Price for Medical Stents?

Paul Yock, Stanford University

Yock talks about the costs versus the charges of medical stents. A cynical approach is that the actual metal stents themselves cost 80-90 cents to make and their charge is about $1200. However, there is an enormous amount of R&D effort to get it approved, he says. For example, a clinical trial can cost as much as 10 millon dollars.