I have never, ever been more thankful for health insurance. But, honestly, I’m beyond heartbroken thinking about those who are not as fortunate.
Well, truth be told, if they don’t have it, they simply don’t pay. Then we do, yes?
But ‘simply don’t pay’ isn’t as easy as all that, is it? Sixty-two percent of bankruptcies filed in 2007 were due to medical emergencies. So just at the time when you are facing serious medical problems you also get to go bankrupt. This in the richest country in the world. How is that even remotely acceptable?
In Canada you would deal with your medical emergency and that’s it. The total bill would be zero no matter who you are.
I have been in hospital so often that the admission nurses knew all my details by heart (thank you rugby!), I’ve also taken a tumble out a window (metal pins & broken bones), had a disease that took 4 days of blood tests to diagnose (glandular fever), require constant medication for an on-going condition (hay fever), not to mention the dozens of times I have been in A&E thanks to bar fights or other silliness.
I have never, not once even so much as seen a bill. Sometimes I forget how awesome the NHS is.