I think more competition is needed in health care. Not in insurance, but in areas like that. There's no way that thing should cost $195. If it does, a firm should come along and produce it for $50. Then another firm should come along and produce it for $10, etc.
The problem is, when you turn health into a profit center, you get all the problems that come with it being a profit center (sweetheart deals, kickbacks, shady contracts, etc.). For some reason, that manufacturer has something set up so that there is no competition in the thumb splint industry and it is able to charge an exorbitant amount of money for a shitty little piece of metal that looks remarkably similar to this one that costs $5
Harv - If you were wearing that splint, you would not have cut the tip of your finger off. I just purchased a gross and wear them daily. :) Came in real handy putting on shingles this weekend. Leather gloves just wear out, but the metal tips last forever picking up and laying shinlges. Pneumatic nailer did not even penetrate the 1/8 thick metal.
Actual price by the gross shipped from china.. $0.23 each.