I just made an online payment of $9.50 to cover a bill for painkillers, which represents the total out of pocket cost I incurred as a public health patient for a 36 hour hospital stay this week.
A stay which included x-rays, CT scans of my brain and spine, dressing of my…
When I was sick in the UK, it cost me $12.15(USD) every sixty days to refill my medication. I was (and always am) allowed to make as many appointments as I wanted to see my family doctor (for free), and was also referred to a specialist for assessment and treatment (also free). All of my lab work and follow ups were also free.
I have really strong feelings about this. My entire outlook on health is different since living in a place where my bank account balance doesn’t even figure into the equation. If I feel I need medical attention, I just go get it. It’s that simple. I don’t hem and haw and debate whether I’m sick enough to warrant the $40 co-pay and predictable lab fees that will show up later on. THAT is the benefit to having a socialized health-care system. You actually deal with the things that might actually kill you, immediately, instead of waiting until they almost do.
Similarly, you stop letting your crappy job and crappy boss dictate your wellness. If you work somewhere that is doing wrong by you, you can make your decision to leave without including, “… but my insurance,” in the process. They are, and should be, separate issues. When I explain to british people how an american will stay in the most horrible job conditions for way too long just so they can keep their network or keep their entire health benefit in general, they look horrified, and no wonder.