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I know someone who has diabetes

 

He is unable to work because his diabetes caused him to lose both his legs.

And he is on dialysis and needs a kidney transplant

 

I think people in the US would basically just tell him to go die, or declare bankruptcy.

 

While In Canada he has had access to the best surgeons and doctors possible.

He has only had to pay for things like wheel chair and a accessible van and etc. and even then its tough for him. 

 

Yup land of the free. 

 

Oh and he also has three school age kids who dont work.

 

But as long as you "think" your not paying for someone elses healthcare your good. Because it doesn't EFFECT YOU. has nothing to do with  your "rights"

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The OP isn't going to like this...but that bill is not that bad.

 

Consider that the patient (according to them) has Cystic Fibrosis, diabetes, liver disease, kidney issues and has had three different transplants.  Also consider they were in the hospital for 36 days (much of that time in ICU), had surgery and imaging performed multiple times.  Having family members that have had transplants, I know the meds they need to take...for the rest of their life...are not cheap.  However, if one of the transplants is for someone as unimportant as a heart, lung, liver or kidney do you really want to not take the meds and have your body reject them?  Those medical conditions require constant monitoring and lab work.

 

Lets think real quick...they were seen by, given all the conditions, multiple doctors every day (probably close to 100 doctor visits), had at least one (more when they were in ICU) of the following available around the clock; RN, CNA, Med Aid, phelbotomist.  They used at least one surgical team, an anesthesiologist, radiologist, X-ray tech, CT tech, respiratory therapist and speech therapist.  Add it all up, and they probably were treated by 20-25 professionals.  Now consider the support staff necessary in maintenance, housekeeping, dietary services, etc. and all the supplies they needed for those 36 days.  Oh, lets not forget the electrical supply necessary to operate all that equipment and the HVAC needed to keep every area the proper temperature.

 

All that, and the bill averages out to less than $16,000 a day.

 

So, what is the answer?  Slash to pay of everyone who works in healthcare?  Slash the staffing levels and/or pay of those who maintain facilities and feed the patients?  Stop cleaning hospitals as often...after all, having a clean hospital room and surgical suite can't be that important.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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When government makes all forms of health insurance (medicaid/medicare included) illegal and tells people to pay for their own health needs, that is when prices will become reasonable again. 

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43 minutes ago, leomon said:

While In Canada he has had access to the best surgeons and doctors possible.

 

According to studies by organizations monitoring healthcare worldwide, the average wait to see a specialist...like say an orthopedic surgeon, since those issues are very common...is 39.1 weeks in Canada versus 12 days in the US.  I guess if you can't walk because you knee is screwed up, the extra 8-9 MONTHS isn't too bad.  Oops...if forgot to add the extra 6 month wait if surgery is needed to repair that knee.   Oncology wait times for the first visit is 4.4 weeks in Canada, just over twice the average in the US.  At least cancer isn't fatal.  Oh...wait.

 

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1 hour ago, BatteryPowered said:

 

According to studies by organizations monitoring healthcare worldwide, the average wait to see a specialist...like say an orthopedic surgeon, since those issues are very common...is 39.1 weeks in Canada versus 12 days in the US.  I guess if you can't walk because you knee is screwed up, the extra 8-9 MONTHS isn't too bad.  Oops...if forgot to add the extra 6 month wait if surgery is needed to repair that knee.   Oncology wait times for the first visit is 4.4 weeks in Canada, just over twice the average in the US.  At least cancer isn't fatal.  Oh...wait.

 

 

If they think health care is EXPENSIVE NOW, WAIT UNTIL THE GOVERNMENT MAKES IT "FREE"!!!!

 

And that statement has NEVER been proven to be wrong anywhere "free government healthcare" is available.

 

 

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