The bill from Sutter General Hospital in Sacramento, Calif., said the total charges were $55,029.31! Thankfully the patient owed only $11,119.23 because his insurance had covered the rest.
Shocked, the patient took to Reddit to post the bill and vent his frustrations among others who have faced the same broken hospital system.
Take a look yourselves to find out that a country so advanced in many levels is so retrogressive as far as it concerns its health system! It is indeed outrageous to find out that in other countries which are not a few, medical expenses may not even exist! Meaning that a person enters a hospital, has his treatment and owes nothing on his way out! And in the US for such a routine surgery the bill costs almost an annual salary!
Here is the bill that the young man received a couple of months later from his hospitalization. It is clearly seen that the original cost was over $55,000.Due to the fact that the 20 year-old man was on his father's insurance, the cost was lowered to $11,000.
This bill caused quite an uproar. As an answer and complaint to this manipulation, citizens of other countries shared their own experiences from their hospitalization in their countries. Check them out and you will be speechless!
And then other Americans gave their two cents (or hundreds of thousands of dollars):
Since the United States’ private medical industry does not set their rates centrally, like most countries do, the IFHP lists average ranges for each of our services. In the case of an appendectomy, the range of cost was between $8,156 and $29,426 in 2012. (dailyhealthpost)
Here is not a court and of course I am not a judge! But one thing is for sure as a citizen of a country who pays his taxes and is a good member of society, he deserves to be treated as a person, mostly when he is in need! Please try to remain healthy and away from hospitals!
Share this unfair bill with others to bring awareness about how difficult it will be for Americans to hospitalize in case their insurance won’t cover the entire bill…