Welcome to America, Where the Poorest People Pay the Highest in Medical BillsSubmitted by Bob-45 on Mon, 06/24/2013 - 09:40
Whitney Sher in Science 16 hours ago
I'm a medical professional in the U.S. and want to share some data that should disturb every American.
When I go home to Belgium, the country where I was born, I pay my family doctor $12 for a regular visit. When I had a freak asthma attack while vacationing in Estonia, my entire emergency room bill was $9.72. Yet, when I was dehydrated in college in Washington, D.C. and got saline and Tylenol, my ER bill was $600 after insurance coverage. How does this make sense and why do Americans accept such insanely high medical bills?
According to the Commonwealth Fund, a private health care research organization, 55 million adults were uninsured and an additional 30 million were underinsured in 2012. That means that 85 million adults are paying way over their heads in medical bills.