Oh, I hope you do get it. It's rare that someone can afford to get such a thing done, so consider yourself to be in a very prestigious position to do so. Who knows? Maybe you have something treatable? I had a friend who is rich and he wanted to get an MRI done, so he got one, they found a brain tumor. He just had some minor things going on and it was a big help for him to have this caught early. I had a doctor suggest getting an MRI when I was first ill but I couldn't afford one. I would have been so happy if I could have gotten one as the doc thought I might have a brain tumor. If the doc could get it covered and approved, I would say, go in and get it if you can. I don't think doctors make any money from ordering MRIs unless he owned the machine himself and I've never heard of that. To think that docs only order tests to make money is kinda part of the whole anti science, anti western medicine but if it's a regular doctor who doesn't have some wierd clinic that claims they can cure fibro and cfs/me with their own lab and machines, it would have to be ligit in order to get the MRI covered by insurance. It's not an easy thing to do. What usually happens is docs want to get an MRI covered but insurance won't do it and then it's too late to help the patient when they find out that oh yes, they do have a treatable brain disease or tumor etc.