As an outsider the US health care system looks on par with a 3rd world country, sure you have some of the best doctors in the world but only the rich
can afford them.
I read an artical some where that they charge you $25 for a single aspirin in US hospitals, here in Europe and pretty much every other 1st world
country health care is subsidised from tax money so you don't pay a penny when you need it.
kind of funny, as an outsider in a third world country from a first world country with "subsidized" social health care, the third world country looks
much better to me. you see one of the reasons i am where i am is so that i can actually receive the medical help i need, at an "affordable price".
trust me i do understand that for a "native" that healthcare can be expensive. but one thing is that in a third world nation there is more likely to
be "charitable" medical care available. in the end i think it ends up better (not perfect mind you). you are wrong about America having the "best
doctors", from what i and my family have seen third world countries have some of the best doctors, it would seem that doctors enter the field to
actually help people unlike most first world countries they tend to enter the profession more for the money they can make. "grass is greener on the
other side of the fence"?
"here in Europe and pretty much every other 1st world country health care is subsidised from tax money so you don't pay a penny when you need it."
while i can't answer for Europe, i do know how it is in Canada (which is highly regarded in the US, as an awesome medial system like they should have,
by some people) which has socialized medicine
. sure a lot of things are free when it comes to health care, but not by any means all of it.
eye exams and glasses are not covered, so if you want to see, you better have insurance or the money to pay for it, and prescription glasses
are generally at least a couple hundred dollars a pair. dental is not covered, and again rather expensive if you don't have insurance, i know years
back without insurance i needed a wisdom tooth extracted. after balking at the $500 charge the dentist told me i was lucky it was a wisdom tooth,
otherwise it would have been a lot more. i had to borrow money
to pay for it. then things like physiotherapy, something that is much needed
after injury is also NOT covered, so again unless you have insurance you are screwed since that costs a small fortune to pay for on your own. then
comes prescription medicine
yet again not covered unless you have outside insurance. and it seems the more needed
the medicine is, the
more expensive it is. also thanks to socialized medicine things like a psychologist (too expensive i guess) are not covered, they are the ones that
try to help you deal with issues and problems, again without outside insurance the cost is prohibitive, and so out of reach. yet they will send you to
a psychiatrist, which will basically talk to you for 15 minutes and prescribe medication
to cover over
your problem instead of trying to
deal with it. not only does this leave the underlying cause of your issue unresolved, it puts you on dangerous
medication like SSRI's, likely
permanently. and THOSE are expensive, i was on a couple for awhile, thank god i had insurance because those two pills a day were worth about $2,000 a
month. and here is the kicker, you have to renew the prescription all the time. so while i was on these meds i lost my doctor, and due to the fact
there are not enough doctors out there that are allowed
by the medical system to take more patients, i couldn't get that prescription renewed.
oops, you ever see some warnings on medications? some medications for various things can cause serious and deadly
(for yourself and possibly
everyone around you) adverse effects when not weened off
of them. not a good situation at all. sure there are "walk in clinics" but they WON'T
prescribe medications due to liability issues, they tell you to see your Dr instead. i couldn't even go back to the psychiatrist since that
a recommendation from your doctor.
from being overseas i can tell you medications are much cheaper in "poorer" countries than in Canada or the US, for the same even "name brand"
medications. one reason that people go down to Mexico and such to buy cheap medicines. i understand that is so popular that when cruise ships enter
some areas there is a major pharmaceutical operation set up to sell cheap medication to passengers (no prescription needed). cheaper stuff excepting
electronics seems to be the norm in poorer countries. i did a "price comparison" a year or so ago on a new Ford SUV, i was able to buy one in the
Philippines for about $8,000 (after working out money exchange rates) cheaper than buying the SAME vehicle in North America where it is built, and
keep in mind not only do you need to pay for the vehicle but i am rather sure that it is not free to ship halfway around the world. it would seem
almost everything is way over priced in North America to gain as much profit as possible, but medications seem to win big time in what they charge
edit on 27-3-2014 by generik because: missread something