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Title: When Brits learn about American healthcare (video)
Post by: nffc on January 14, 2020, 02:32:16 PM
https://www.reddit.com/r/Damnthatsinteresting/comments/eokgqq/when_brits_learn_about_american_healthcare/
Title: Re: When Brits learn about American healthcare (video)
Post by: littleman on January 14, 2020, 06:42:46 PM
Aaron summed it up in a thread some time ago when he said that our healthcare is a wealth extraction system to funnel life savings from the middle class to the wealthy.  The poor just forgo treatment much of the time.  I sure hope our system is not your future Britain.
Title: Re: When Brits learn about American healthcare (video)
Post by: ergophobe on January 14, 2020, 07:45:33 PM
What that video doesn't say is that
1. You can't actually get prices for anything in the US
2. You could pay half or five times the prices given depending on whether you go to Hospital A or Hospital B, and they will not tell you in advance which one you're in
3. They might tell you that you ARE insured at their hospital, but forget to tell you that the anesthesiologist assigned to your case is out of network and your insurance will not pay.

It's actually so much *worse* than they portrayed in the video. By far the most insane, dysfunctional system I know of (not limiting just to health care and counting defunct systems like the Soviet central planning for industrial output). Only Kafka could design something like that on purpose.
Title: Re: When Brits learn about American healthcare (video)
Post by: grnidone on January 14, 2020, 08:04:26 PM
When my mother and I spoke to care facilities for my father, the first question was,"Oh, so, he has Medicare?  Does he have secondary insurance, and, if so, what is it?"

Literally. 

They didn't ask his name.
They didn't ask what medical needs he had.

It was about what the secondary insurance was. 



Title: Re: When Brits learn about American healthcare (video)
Post by: ergophobe on January 14, 2020, 09:24:22 PM
littleman:
>> healthcare is a wealth extraction system

grnidone:
>> Does he have secondary insurance