Fang Talks

Praise be to ~zod.

Okay, so here’s a fun one.

You know how you always hear Americans complain about the cost of healthcare in their country? If you’re familiar with the numbers here, read right on. If you aren’t, try and make a guess. How much more expensive do you expect it to be compared to a western European country like, say, the Netherlands? Keep in mind my sample size for this measurement is literally one specific thing, but yeah, sit yourself down and think this over briefly.

All good? What did you end up with? Compared to what I paid (read: my insurance covered) back at home when I broke my wrist last year, I paid here in the States (for a similar but less serious procedure) over five times as much. Five times! That’s way beyond “more than double”! And guess what, they expect me to pay that within a month! Thank god for travel insurance, I just hope they can get on it fast.

Apparently these ridiculous costs are due to a combination of nasty growths of bureaucracy and other such evils, not to mention the whole late-stage capitalism the world has going on right now. I mean, for some reason they’re throwing me a bone by reducing the total costs by like twenty percent, but that doesn’t change the fact that I’d be absolutely boned if it weren’t for my travel insurance.

Can you imagine, having to choose between fearing for your physical or financial well-being?
~ Fang

Comments

  • 21/07/2017 (6:12 PM)

    This is why you should always have insurance. I’m glad you were smart enough to not need this lesson beforehand. I really don’t understand how America reached the point they did, and really I don’t even know what can be done about it. Every measure introduced only helps to cover the costs; it does nothing to reduce them.

  • 21/07/2017 (5:43 PM)

    A friend of mine was in the hospital recently for a whopping 2 hours, and she got slapped with a bill for over $20,000. And that was AFTER her health insurance paid for some of the bill.

    A few years ago, we had a client at work who refused to get his cancer treated (and eventually died) because literally none of the treatment options were covered by his insurance, and he didn’t want to leave his family in financial ruin.

    I could keep going, but I’ll stop now before I start breathing fire.

  • 21/07/2017 (2:02 AM)

    We’re nice enough to let you in here to climb our mountains and you use it as an opportunity to spread your socialism!

    Seriously, though, our health care system is a mess. More than half of the people who come to my legal aid organization for bankruptcy do so because of medical bills. People in other countries find that to be absurd.

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