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The Real Cost Of Private Medicine

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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.

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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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12 thoughts on “The Real Cost Of Private Medicine”

  1. And it is worth mentioning that everything your daughter went through would have been COMPLETELY free of charge in this country. (At the moment) 🙂
    When you are enduring such worry, and painful treatment, the last thing you need to worry about is how much it is going to cost afterwards. But many Americans think our system is unacceptably ‘Socialist’. So they will keep on having to pay, to uphold that political ideal. 🙂

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    1. Oh, Pete, we hear horror stories about socialized medicine for sure. People who wait so long for treatment, etc. We know there is money in this country to make it better, but individuals and corporations will die with it clutched in their shriveled up fingers.

      I have family members that pay an annual premium just to be a member of a “concierge” doctor’s practice. Most people can not afford such a luxury.

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  2. Interesting! Our health care system in the U.S. is pretty darn nuts. And we pay and pay, regardless of having insurance as my hubbie and I do.

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    1. And yikes, your daughter’s bill is impressive, indeed. I hope her co-pay is still affordable.

      I was grateful my two hospital stays (many years ago) were covered by Medi-cal (when I was a graduate student) and then through a cooperative medical plan in the rural college town in Georgia where we lived during the second).

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      1. The funny thing is most people consider themselves lucky to receive a few thousand dollar bills because of the fear of the total. It’s just not right.

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  3. The medical situation here is so out of control that I no longer have any idea of a solution. When hospitals are putting up billboards and the CEOs of them are making enormous amounts of money, I no longer recognize the medical world of my childhood.

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    1. And just arriving at an emergency room does not mean you will receive treatment. More and more hospitals turn patients away when they do not have appropriate insurance.

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