reply to post by Unvarnished
I can't beleive you all willingly live under a system which forces people to pay thousands of dollars for a routine hospital visit, or any other
medical care. It is is sick, and inhuman.
This was in Canada:
I got food poisoning last Sunday, failed to keep hydrated due to vomiting and diarrhea, and had to go to the hospital early the next morning. I saw a
triage nurse within 5 minutes of arriving, waited for 45 minutes, and was taken to an examination room. I waited five more minutes, and saw a nurse
who did a brief examination; blood, urine, and stool samples, and ten minutes later I saw a doctor. They gave me a glucose IV + a saline/Gravol drip
for the nausea, (took an hour) wrote me a prescription for probiotics to repopulate my intestinal flora, and sent me on my way.
I left the house at 5:30 AM, and was home in bed by 9. I took a day off from school, recuperated, was shaky for a few days but otherwise fine, and got
on with my life.
The hospital visit/treatment cost $0, and the prescription was $18.
And before you go and say: "Well, Canada has higher taxes to pay for its socialized medicine" Please bear in mind that Canada has a lower corporate
tax rate (which encourages industry), and a higher personal income exemption for low-income earners than the United States does: I actually pay less
taxes than I would if I lived and made the same amount of money in the United States.
Also please consider that the province I live in (Alberta) has a 'problematic' health-care system that is viewed as one of the worst in Canada, and
in need of repair.
What do I think of the American health-care system?
If you're a millionaire, you have access to the best treatment in the world. If you're lower-middle class like me, you have lower quality access
than 38 other countries - including every industrialized nation in the world other than the United States.
Health care costs account for (and eat up) close to 40% of your GDP, and your people are sicker than in every other developed nation.
What would my visit to the hospital have cost me in the United States, even if I was partially covered by insurance?
I'll let you fill in the blanks.
You guys have a lot of work to do, and you best get on it.