A 20 year old American citizen who came down with appendicitis last October has posted his hospital bill online, and it’s gone viral.
The US remains the only nation in the developed world that fails to provide universal healthcare for its citizens, and most international reddit users could simply not believe what this young man was being charged for treatment they would receive without any bill at all.
Here is the bill.
The original cost was over $55,000. The bill was only lowered to $11,00 because he was on his father’s insurance.
Just two hours in the Recovery Room cost him $7,500.
The operation itself? Well, that was more than $16,000
This bill caused quite an uproar. A lot of citizens of other countries chimed in with their own experiences.
An Australian with appendicitis never even saw a bill.
A Canadian’s mother had foot surgery and her only charge was $60…for cable.
A Malaysian paid the equivalent of $25 for an appendectomy.
And then other Americans gave their two cents (or hundreds of thousands of dollars):
This American got cancer and had to file for bankruptcy. At age 24.
His cousin died because he had reached his “lifetime limit” for treatment. He was 27.
$2000 for a night’s stay, a juice box and a pill.
This sort of thing would be unacceptable in a third world country, but it is down-right dastardly in the richest nation on earth, which could well afford to ensure the healthcare needs of its citizens were met through a contributions based system. While the American right lambasts Obamacare as putting the government between you and your doctor (never mind that the government is only there to pay said doctor), they are quite happy to put health insurance companies and extortionate costs between you and the doctor. I know which I would rather have.