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This is your periodic reminder that medical debt isn’t something that exists outside of the US. It doesn’t exist in any other western/capitalist countries. It doesn’t exist in any socialist countries. It doesn’t even exist in any of those 3rd world countries we bomb for oil.

Just us.


Not true. But we are the worse.

"While there are medical bankruptcies in Europe, Canada and Australia as well, Americans still have it worse. Over 50% of Americans believe that they wouldn’t be able to deal with the costs of a major health issue. After all, the average medical bill for a hospital stay in the US costs $5,220 per day."

And then there is this.

"As it turns out, medical bankruptcy is almost unheard of outside of the United States. Other developed economies (except China) have single-payer health care systems where medical costs are financed by taxes, not by premium-financed insurance. In these countries, there are no out-of-pocket costs for medical care and thus no bankruptcy caused by medical debts. In countries without single-payer systems besides the United States, there is generally no requirement that medical procedures be provided without payment, and thus procedures are paid for prior to treatment being rendered."

The last bolded section seems to imply that unless you pay upfront, you are turned away. Would that mean even if your condition was life threatening?

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