The Real Cost Of Private Medicine


In the U.S. it is a different story indeed. My daughter’s stay in the hospital for her recent hysterectomy was in excess of $100,000. Luckily she has good insurance. That is not always the case for everyone. Medical expense is the number one reason for personal bankruptcy in the U.S.


After my post about going to see the doctor yesterday, my dear blogging friend Kim sent me a link to a very interesting video. This may be of great interest to British readers.

Few of us here know much about private health care, although a percentage of people do pay into a scheme to get preferential, or faster treatment. Having a pet might make you realise just how expensive treatment and drugs can be these days, as I have found out with Ollie’s trips to the Vet.

In this short film, random people on a British street are asked to guess the cost of medical treatments and drugs in America, for example an asthma inhaler.

Their answers are very interesting.

Given the recent publicity about government ministers considering significant changes to the NHS and overall healthcare provision in this country, this is something we all need to be aware of.

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Monday Morning Missive

I have been absent here for the weekend. We have had family here since Friday evening and the weekend was packed with family activities. Our daughter and our granddaughters drove up to spend the weekend and just have some much appreciated family time. Her husband stayed home to care for their five dogs. We always miss him and appreciate the sacrifice he makes so we can have this time together.

Saturday we spent the day doing crafts. We painted 3-D balsa wood scenes and made some stitched ornaments for the tree. There was much eating of candy and making brownies and just enjoying the day. We had a lot of fun.

We had tickets to go see the Winter Lights display at the North Carolina Arboretum. One of our other daughters and her family were planning to meet us there for a fun huge family outing. Unfortunately, two of them were really sick so they were not able to join us.

Winter Lights is one of the Arboretum’s biggest fund raisers and it is such a nice event. The weather was clear and the temps hovering in the mid-low 40° F range. We were all bundled up and ready to walk through the lights. As always, it was magical. We enjoyed Smorés by the fire pit and strolled with hot cocoa or warm apple cider. It was such a nice evening.

All in all, a very good weekend. The only thing that could have made it better would have been if everyone could have been there.