Monday, December 30, 2013

How Much It Costs to Treat an Appendicitis in America (3 pics)

One guy wrote:

I never truly understood how much healthcare in the US costs until I got Appendicitis in October. I'm a 20 year old guy. Thought other people should see this to get a real idea of how much an unpreventable illness costs in the US.
The cover page of sorts. You can see the original total up at the top. Thankfully I was still on my dad’s insurance for another month or so. $55,029,.31 would have been way too much for me to pay on my own. Then again $11,119.53 is still a ton at this time in my life.

First page (back) 
The services I received. I think you can see how outrageous some of these costs are. Such as the Recovery Room that I was in for maybe two hours. Or the Room and Board that I had for one night. Or maybe the $4,500 worth of anesthesia they supposedly used on me.

Second page 
The rest of the services. $16,000 for the actual surgery.  
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51 comments:

maco said...

in argentina aprox. Ar$ 4000. change 1dolar Ar$6.52
if you have an Medical Insurance Ar$1600

Anonymous said...

Wow , thanks , I live in New Zealand, and you pay for the initial doctor , maybe US$30 who would arrange for you to go to Hospital to have the appendice out; Cost: free. You do have to be a resident/ tax payer

Anonymous said...

This isnt what it costs in America, this is what it costs in overtaxed over regulated California. California is so off the base to the rest of the country you cant even use it make comparisons.

Anonymous said...

Cost for appendix removal surgery in Germany (including initial diagnosis, surgery, after care, etc): approx. 2500 EUR. And the mandatory health insurance covers that.

Anonymous said...

WTF people!!! It's a fucking common surgical procedure all overt the world!

In Romania (even with all its Health budgetary sector shortages) is free, even for the uninsured people!

Anonymous said...

In Canada it would cost the patient 0 dollars for an appendectomy since each province has a health care system that covers surgeries of that nature.

Anonymous said...

Wow, what a rip off. In UK, the service is free, from start to end. but again you do have to be a resident.

Anonymous said...

Here in Sweden we got free healthcare so it wouldn't cost a dime for anyone (even the illegal immigrants.)

Anonymous said...

a tip. move to sweden. its almost free

Jens Michelsen on January 2, 2014 at 3:56 PM said...

In sweden it's free! :D

Jens Michelsen on January 2, 2014 at 3:57 PM said...

In sweden it's free :D

Anonymous said...

An illegal immigrant can get free health care here in Sweden, adults get urgent medical care free of charge and children full medical coverage so remember that til next time! Claim you're here illegally and get yourself treated ;)

Anonymous said...

wow, glad i live in sweden, we only have to pay 25 euro for anything. anything from heartoperations or just need a bandage for ur scratched arm.

Anonymous said...

In Sweden you get a so called "highcost card" and the highest you pay is 1000 kr, or approximatly 156 $

Anonymous said...

Welcome to Sweden. No matter what, it's always free.

Anonymous said...

hue hue in sweden it does only cost like 10-60$ tops. even if you are not living in sweden
o and btw the cost is for the room you sleep in i think it is around 10$ a night or so and if you hit the payment roof on 300$ it is free of charge after that and its all thank to taxes or as americans call it communism :) take care of your ridiculous bills and dog night

Anonymous said...

In sweden... about 45 $. (Including treatment from blond sexy nurses).

Anonymous said...

Pretty outrageous indeed. I also had appendicitis during my exchange year in the U.S. Fortunately I had insurance and only had to pay 10 dollars for my meds. I really feel for the less fortunate over in the U.S, hell if I lived there I wouldn't even have money to pay for insurance!

LitlaFelixur on January 2, 2014 at 5:26 PM said...

In America(California) sickness is much more of a punishment than in countries with tax/insurance covered medical bills.

But then again, we pay much more in taxes. A high tax rate only really works in rich countries such as Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Switzerland etc.

It's a matter of choosing to pay much more in taxes and get it for "free" or pay a low amount of tax and pay your own medical bills.

And remember (all above) it's never free. You've payed taxes all your career, with the chance that you'll never need to use that tax money for yourselves.

Anonymous said...

Also free healthcare in sweden resident as non-resident. Im really happy to live here!

Henrik Kardell on January 2, 2014 at 6:32 PM said...

In Sweden the cost would be 18 dollars and that is for the hospital food and tax to healthcare for other patients

Anonymous said...

Free in Sweden

Anonymous said...

this shit is (almost) free in sweden.

Anonymous said...

Free in sweden too. about 30usd to get an apointment. tho.

Anonymous said...

Then you noticed that sweden is awesome and you get health care for free :)

Anonymous said...

In sweden you pay approx 150 dollars (about 1000 SEK) at tops. After paying 150$ u get some kind of "high-cost card" which gives you access to all health care. (To clarify: you get a stamp each time u pay for some sort of Healthcare, when reaching the amount of 150; it's all free.)

Anonymous said...

In Sweden it would be free to :)

Anonymous said...

Cost for an appendicitis in Sweden.
Your time.

Anonymous said...

In Sweden its for freeeeeeeee! :D

Fredrik Forsberg on January 3, 2014 at 1:59 AM said...

Sweden 0 dollars

Fredrik Forsberg on January 3, 2014 at 1:59 AM said...

sweden would cost 0 dollar

Dr. Stevens said...

Ahahah 'Murica, such a shitscam country when it comes to healthcare.. Charging you to be in the recovery room LOL. Greedy jewmuricans...

Johan Hedeving on January 3, 2014 at 3:18 AM said...

Price in Sweden.... 35EUR

Johan Hedeving on January 3, 2014 at 3:18 AM said...

Price in Sweden.... 35EUR

Anonymous said...

My...God...

Anonymous said...

Sweden <3

Anonymous said...

In Sweden you pay around 300SEK (33 EUR) for ANY doctor visit. When you reach 900SEK (101 EUR) the rest of the year is free. And by free I mean EVERYTHING is free.

Anonymous said...

In Sweden, it's free. the Mandatory health insurance covers for every little dime if you're a swedish citizen.

Anonymous said...

Sweden > Murica
with the Universal healthcare. Wouldn't have cost me a dime

Anonymous said...

I am a Swede and I studied at University of California during the academic year 11/12. My Swedish insurance (free of charge for Swedish students studying abroad) covered 100% of my health care plus a broken phone, summing up to around $12000 for different reasons.
Fuck socialism.

Anonymous said...

Ok guys, we get it, Sweden covers such an operation. Showboating is never cool, especially when you're comparing your own situation to one not so fortunate.

Sir Ralph Lauren on January 3, 2014 at 11:11 AM said...

It´s not free to have a room and food in Sweden. You get a bill for that.

Anonymous said...

ArghhharehahrJÖKLN! Idiots stop telling everyone its free healthcare for for illegal immigrants in Sweden! Our healthcare system is falling apart!

Anonymous said...

With ur taxes it would be normal for us if we had the same.

Anonymous said...

free in Finland too

Anonymous said...

Stop saying its free in Sweden you retards, we have to pay for it in tax money... well some get it for free like immigrants and its fucking ridicilous but that is a political question.

Anonymous said...

Why so much talk about Sweden? We have tax-funded healthcare but we're not the only once...

But it would be really interesting to know what this surgery costs in Sweden (in tax). I can't imagine it's remotely close to $55000.
I mean, $7500 for a few hours in a "Recovery room"? I hope it included several high end hookers with unlimited happy endings.

Anonymous said...

Ironically the Americans pay more than the Swedes in tax money too, and it is free.

Anonymous said...

Is it now i should say it's free in Sweden? Oh, and Denmark too!

Anonymous said...

you can say that healthcare in sweden isnt free because of the taxes. But we get free education, nice roads, good safety if we have a hard time to fined a job till we get one. so I pay about 33% in tax but I get a lot back!
many europien contrys have this system. And studies have showned that the people in these contrys are much happer :) And even if I pay 33% in taxes I can save almoste 400-450 US dollars avery month so I can travel once a year and I dont even have a great job. :D

Anonymous said...

Well, yes, I pay 33% tax and I still get 3750$/month after tax in my pocket. And that's a normal shitty factory work. with 5 week of semester and 37h/week. average pay in Sweden I guess. free education and childcare support, free dental /healthcare up to ~20? after that the massive sum of 22$ for a visit to the doctor and within a year you have to pay 375$ for the medicine. Surgery is for free. On the other hand we do have legislations about guns and are forced to have winter tiers on all cars during winter and can't get alcohols from the local store, we have to go to Systembolaget or Germany ;-) I pay about 2000$ in rent and food in a month. so, 1750$ for spending. Sweden is a pretty damn good place to live in. USA is sure a nice place to visit, but I do not want to live there. My personal belief is that the USA should need a large portion of Jantes law (google it)and bruksmentalitet (the mentality in small industrial towns, that says that no one should think that they can be someone, and that everybody is totally ODUGLIG= god-for-nothing..)

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