How do you Americans do it?
If you haven’t already guessed from the title of this post, I’m referring to medical care NOT being free south of the border from Canada. It might be like that in other places. I’m sorry that I am ignorant about you guys but for now I’m just going to direct this at the US of A.
So, random fact about me, I love watching Grey’s Anatomy. Super awesome show. You get the crazy, intertwined lives of a bunch of people but also cool surgeries. That’s not actually the point. The point is that I am jarred every time they mention someone not being about to afford life-saving surgery.
From what I can understand, people’s jobs usually cover any expenses if they have good insurance but this insurance can be maxed out if you need too many surgeries?? And if you can’t pay for something, the hospital will actually turn you away or make an attempt to make the surgery pro bono? Like that’s a real thing: being told “sorry, you’re going to be in a lot of pain and then maybe die later on because you are not rich enough for us to keep you living.”
And everything is craaazy expensive like in the show they do a wackload of tests on people who show up in their ER and I remember them saying that one type of test was worth $8000. That’s almost the cost of a full year of university in my program. Seriously insane. Like what if you have cancer or something where it requires a lot of steps in a lot of time to get you on the road to recovery. Do they just stop your treatment the moment you can’t pay anymore? Or do you just go into debt and as soon as you’re well you get to work your butt off to pay off a loan that you had no choice in getting because you would have died otherwise.
Free healthcare here is such a blessing, I had never really realized this. You can go to the hospital to get something you’re worried about checked out and possibly catch something life-threatening early rather than fret over the fact that what you’re feeling could be no big deal and whether or not it’s worth it to go in and waste a whole bunch of money on it. That is NOT the mindset one should have on their health.
ObamaCare is the president’s initiative to make the US healthcare system something like ours, from what limited knowledge I have on the subject, which should be a very good thing!! But there are people who think it’s a bad idea?? That people who don’t have the money for it shouldn’t be served? I don’t understand where their priorities are or what they think is going to happen. Like it’s not like it’s a radical idea if you just look up a bit you can see a fully functioning country with that exact thing going on in their health care.
This post isn’t really going in any certain direction I just want to get my thoughts out there and possibly get some responses from people who live in the US and what they think about all of this. It’s just so confusing that they haven’t already switched to publicly funded healthcare because it benefits so many people and who doesn’t want that!!