posted on Dec, 29 2010 @ 12:05 AM
First off best wishes and a speedy recovery, also good luck on a job.
From personal experience in 2000 in the US, I had to go to the hospital emergency room, for a possible heart attack. Emergency room, 3 days in the
ICU, a angiogram with no stents, the discounted cost was $20,000. I ended up in bankruptcy. The I found out if I'd had any insurance the cost to the
insurance company would have been $5000, and my co-pay would have been between 15-30% of that amount depending on the insurance. And those figures
were from the hospital accounting department, and they also said that the state had to pick up the slack. I moved back overseas shortly after and had
my Dr look over the bill, in South East Asia, the cost would have been around $750 to $1200 US. And the hospital facilities are equivalent to the US.
Oh the cause of the problem, the pharmacy had given me the wrong dosage of blood pressure meds when I refilled the week before.
10 years forward, 22 Dec 2010, I was again in the emergency room here in the Philippines, EKG, X-Ray, blood test, etc. The cost was $100 US, same
equipment, people trained and having worked in the US. Frankly you couldn't tell that you weren't in the states
Is there something wrong with the health care system there? Yes! Do the Canadian and UK systems have advantages and good points, they do, as well as
draw backs, they do waiting time and refused procedures from what I know. Does the US have good points yes, but do to the cost they are often ruined
or go un-noticed. Does the system here have issues yes, it does. The states do a much better job than here for poor and unemployed.
OH and adding insult, I was on a contract state side earlier this year and I had to have "a pre-employment drug test" and I had to pay for it. The
cost was $160.00! I got my DL renewed when I got back and here they require a drug test. The same test is a horrendous $1.50! Yes one dollar and fifty
cents for a pee test, outrageous,