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It is pretty sad when insurance companies are even looking to overseas countries to help their insured to get the medical needs met due to the high cost of health treatment in the US.
Originally posted by jsobecky
Many people also come to the US for medical care. And that includes people from countries with socialized medicine. They come here for the high quality of care, and to bypass long waits for even simple procedures.
Lying in an intensive care unit more than 4,000 miles away from her New York City apartment, the uninsured 27-year-old entrepreneur trembled with the thought of having to pay her foreign medical bills.
Her left leg was fractured in more than a dozen places, and Mahoney was told an amputation was very likely. She was forced to weigh the merits of losing her leg against a potentially huge medical bill.
"Would you rather tell them to go ahead and cut if off if it's only going to cost me $10,000, or should I bankrupt myself and my family trying to save my leg?" she said.
Mahoney went ahead with the reconstruction. Three weeks later, she got the bill. What could have easily been a six-figure procedure came in for just under $5,000.