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British people guess how much US healthcare costs

CalamityPixel

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Oct 27, 2017
2,028
We're gonna lose the NHS because people aren't aware of the shitstorm we are skating near with the tories in charge. Everyone should now what people in the US are having to pay.
 
Jan 27, 2019
802
I know how much it costs, a 2 hour ER trip (no ambulance, I got a taxi to hospital) cost me $2351 when I went to New York this year. Thank fuck I checked all the reviews when I got my travel insurance.

All they did was run tests and gave me one 600mg Ibuprofen.
 
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Dr. Mario

Member
Oct 27, 2017
3,735
Netherlands
How can you even charge money for basic neonatal baby care. Like at what point are you a doctor and go, you want this baby to bond with its mother, tsk, sign here first.

I guess a doctor that thinks 2500 for an ambulance ride makes sense too.
 

BeImonkey

Member
Dec 9, 2017
1,649
I was born in the US and I'm happily married in the UK now, but I'm terrified of going back now for any reason because of the state of health care there.
 

Rotobit

Editor at Nintendo Wire
Verified
Oct 27, 2017
4,882
"Shut the Fridge" should become a new slogan for healthcare reform

it's just a bit distressing that it's significantly cheaper to buy an instrument of death in the US than it is to bring new life into it
 

TheZynster

Member
Oct 26, 2017
6,578
I know how much it costs, a 2 hour ER trip (no ambulance, I git a taxi to hospital) cost me $2351 when I went to a New York this year. Thank fuck I checked all the reviews when I got my travel insurance.

All they did was run tests and gave me one 600mg Ibuprofen.
lol, so you could in theory have just spent $8 on a bottle of ibu and taken double doses

jesus
 
Jan 27, 2019
802
lol, so you could in theory have just spent $8 on a bottle of ibu and taken double doses

jesus
Best part is I already had paracetamol and ibuprofen I bought at CVS before going to ER, which is exactly what they prescribed to me, the fuckers.

Yeah, I was in serious pain and hadn’t slept for 2 days, thought I had a damn kidney stone, turns out it was a muscle sprain.
 

Kyuuji

Member
Nov 8, 2017
8,479
Recently fucked my ankle in a way that impressed the Doctor.
Clean broke through the joint itself, bones broken around it and 2 sets of ligaments torn.
  • A&E Visit
  • 4 X-Rays
  • 1 MRI
  • 1 General anaesthetic keyhole surgery
  • Full foot surgery with 2 screws put in
  • 2x nights in hospital
  • Crutches
  • Support/Compression Boot
  • Numerous Doctors visits
  • 40 doses of Clexane
  • Upcoming surgery to take screws out
  • Ongoing physiotherapy
£0

No idea how much that would have been in the US but I am ever thankful for the NHS.
 
Jan 27, 2019
802
Recently fucked my ankle in a way that impressed the Doctor.
Clean broke through the joint itself, bones broken around it and 2 sets of ligaments torn.
  • A&E Visit
  • 4 X-Rays
  • 1 MRI
  • 1 General anaesthetic keyhole surgery + 2 screws put in
  • 2x nights in hospital
  • Crutches
  • Boot
  • Numerous Doctors visits
  • Upcoming surgery to take screws out
  • Ongoing physiotherapy
£0

No idea how much that would have been in the US but I am ever thankful for the NHS.
I spent 6 months in hospital over three stays following my accident, cost £0. So grateful for the NHS.
 

TheZynster

Member
Oct 26, 2017
6,578
Best part is I already had paracetamol and ibuprofen I bought at CVS before going to ER, which is exactly what they prescribed to me, the fuckers.

Yeah, I was in serious pain and hadn’t slept for 2 days, thought I had a damn kidney stone, turns out it was a muscle sprain.
yes, my mother had some serious shit. Got taken out on a stretcher and everything from work

go to find out..............it was vertigo.....simple ass nausea pills are all that got administered lol
 

maxxpower

Member
Oct 25, 2017
4,196
California
Recently fucked my ankle in a way that impressed the Doctor.
Clean broke through the joint itself, bones broken around it and 2 sets of ligaments torn.
  • A&E Visit
  • 4 X-Rays
  • 1 MRI
  • 1 General anaesthetic keyhole surgery
  • Full foot surgery with 2 screws put in
  • 2x nights in hospital
  • Crutches
  • Support/Compression Boot
  • Numerous Doctors visits
  • 40 doses of Clexane
  • Upcoming surgery to take screws out
  • Ongoing physiotherapy
£0

No idea how much that would have been in the US but I am ever thankful for the NHS.
With good insurance you would only had to pay your out-of-pocket, but still probably like $5,000.
 

jelly

Member
Oct 26, 2017
11,291
That inhaler cost. O_O

Tories should get wiped out for this but give people the argument, NHS or Brexit, watch the UK burn. How thick and hateful can you be. The NHS is reason alone for voting remain in another EU referendum but people can't see past their hate. Bloody boiling, how much does it cost to cure that.
 

Kyuuji

Member
Nov 8, 2017
8,479
I spent 6 months in hospital over three stays following my accident, cost £0. So grateful for the NHS.
Absolute backbone of the country. We're so fortunate to have it.
With good insurance you would only had to pay your out-of-pocket, but still probably like $5,000.
That's interesting to know, thanks for the ballpark. ~£4k I'm definitely thankful to still have, but also not having to consider finances during that time other than the time off work as well. That's worth its weight in gold.

It's nuts that I see £4k in the US and think that's surprisingly low-cost, when we're talking about four grand lol.
 
Jan 27, 2019
802
yes, my mother had some serious shit. Got taken out on a stretcher and everything from work

go to find out..............it was vertigo.....simple ass nausea pills are all that got administered lol
At one point I considered just going home on the plane and just crossing my fingers that I wouldn’t die or be seriously injured, then just immediately go to hospital upon landing in the UK.’

I was legit scared of the possibility being admitted and 1) ending up missing my flight home and 2) getting an huge bill I can’t afford.
 

P-MAC

Member
Nov 15, 2017
2,163
Charging somebody 10k to give birth is straight evil. Like there can be no justification for that. Even 1k would be disgusting. I can’t imagine how many helpless uninsured single mothers have had their lives ruined by that in the States.

The fucking inhaler thing is absurd too. I’ve had asthma all my life, my doctor was a 30 year chest specialist and he said when I was a kid I had the worst asthma he’d ever seen. I’ve had free inhalers every month of my life on the NHS, from age 3 to 28. That’s both a reliever and a preventor every month, I even had 3 for a while as a kid. I was rushed to hospital several times as a kid and spent time in hospital due to severe asthma attacks. I always assumed they were close to £5 each until I went to go on holiday when I didn’t have any left. Couldn’t get to the doctors in time so considered buying one online, but could only find a site from Australia where it was $50. Absolutely blew my mind. There is no way in hell they can cost more than $10 to manufacture.

Now I learn they’re $350 in the USA??? There is no question that I’d be dead if I grew up there. No question at all.
 
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Joseki

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Nov 5, 2017
6,563
Just to share a quick math I did "for fun".

My mother's husband was diagnosed with lung cancer now close to 2 years ago, and sadly it's not going well (he's got just days left, likely won't survive winter).

He did months of weekly chemio and experimental chemio later (1 week = 25.000 euro, around 100.000 euro/month, 18 months = 1.8 millions). He also took a special kind of pills that costed around 6.300 euro per package (a package lasts 40 days).

Plus he did lung surgery with an international excellency in his field.

Currently we have him hospitalized at home and we get a daily visit from 2 nurses and a weekly visit by his oncologist, all for free. They also give us all the medications required for free.

Last week he felt slightly worse than usual, we called the clinic that is following him and they told us to get there and pick up some medications.

I had to take a picture because what they gifted me was insane



I felt like I robbed a pharmacy lol.

But yeah, it would have costed us probably over 3.5 millions euro I think, and I'm being very optimistic.
 

SpokkX

Member
Oct 27, 2017
1,829
What the f??

The victim must PAY ambulance calls?

childbirth cant cost, right?

is this a joke?

neither of these cost anything in scandinavia... in fact no doctor call cost more than 20$ regardless if it is an operation or a meeting..
 

Kuma Bear

Member
Oct 27, 2017
4,052
Japan
Working at an American company in Japan blows my mind.

A CT scan and two consultations costs me 7,000円. That's like maybe $70 which is so expensive but all my American coworkers are like "Wow it's so cheap here.".

Edit: Just to note companies are required to pay like two thirds of employee healthcare costs so the actual cost is more like 21000円 but I just pay one third.
 
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maxxpower

Member
Oct 25, 2017
4,196
California
That's interesting to know, thanks for the ballpark. ~£4k I'm definitely thankful to still have, but more not having to consider finances during that time other than the time off work. It's nuts that I see £4k and think that's surprisingly low-cost, when we're talking about four grand lol.
Only reason I know is because I suffer from chronic anxiety (lots of ER visits) and my son has had numerous health issues (ambulances, specialists, hospital stays). Let's just say that I am very poor now.
 

Garfield

Member
Oct 31, 2018
1,456
Worth mentioning most people who work pay a National insurance tax in their wages, it is just it goes into general taxation, so yes it is free at the point of care, but we technically pay for it
 
Jan 27, 2019
802
What the f??

The victim must PAY ambulance calls?

childbirth cant cost, right?

is this a joke?

neither of these cost anything in scandinavia... in fact no doctor call cost more than 20$ regardless if it is an operation or a meeting..
It’s worse than that. They do a fucking credit check before they send an ambulance. If your credit score isn’t good, no ambulance.

It’s monstrous.