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These 10 Photos Perfectly Exemplify Healthcare In America

By nadine / mercredi 30 mai 2018 10:00
... Or, the lack-thereof. FML.

There are many reasons why America is considered "The greatest country in the world," but healthcare is not one of them. Though the country may excel in certain arenas, when it comes to the general well-being of its citizens, we're majorly behind in the times. Any American citizen that isn't basically living in the 1% is affected by ths major FML, and when Bored Panda collected the images that perfectly exemplify that, we decided to pick up a few of our favorites. Here are the 10 funniest (but saddest) photos about healthcare in the U.S.  

1. This man's bill after his wife gave birth in Canada

2. This woman's bill, which she got for hugging her baby after she gave birth.

3. If Breaking Bad took places in almost any other country.

4. The simple truth.

5. This thread that's depressing as hell.

6. This couple's Halloween costume was Universal Healthcare. A terrifying concept for America.

7. Facts.

8. Time to run wit the bulls.

9. That's the tea.

10. 'Murica.

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when my dad had his knee replacement surgery our insurance cut us off due to a "lack of communication"... we almost had to pay $35,000 out of our own pockets. which would have made us homeless probably to this day. fuck the healthcare system here, no one does it right.

By  Mooglefox  |  22

What kills me is the cost of medication can be for “I need these to live” supplies. I am a Type-1 diabetic with a low-pay, full time job, and over half of my paycheck goes toward my meds

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when my dad had his knee replacement surgery our insurance cut us off due to a "lack of communication"... we almost had to pay $35,000 out of our own pockets. which would have made us homeless probably to this day. fuck the healthcare system here, no one does it right.

By  Robert William  |  4

I work at a hotel in suburbs of Buffalo, NY a mere 20 mins from the Canadian border... We have a near constant flow of Canadian guests coming down to get "proper healthcare" here in the US... I spoke to one gentleman the other day whose friend had been bit by a tick while out mowing his grass. It took the Dr's up at his home near Toronto nearly 13yrs to diagnose the issues he was having were due to Lyme disease caused by the aforementioned tick....

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  Nadine  |  20

I don't think universal healthcare in Canada has anything to do with the doctors being less educated over there vs over here. It's great that our doctors are educated, but that kind of stuff does happen here all the time -- except we're paying exorbitant amounts to cover it.

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  Stoneyyay  |  5

As a canadian, who has been through the healthcare system here in canada, SURE. our healthcare isnt perfect. There can be a wait for NON VITAL surgeries, and such. But if you are going to die, you get care. if you are in agonizing pain, you get care. Knee replacements certain hip replacements etc can take time. But essential services happen immediately. Walk into a hospital with a branch hanging out of your neck in the us, the first thing you are asked is if you are insured. if no, G fuckin G. you either die, or may as well have died after you get the bill.. A friend of mine owes over 2 million JUST FOR HIS FUCKING BED in hospital, and another 5 mill for treatments, courtesy of the US "healthcare" system.

By  boopingsnoot  |  23

When I was in high school, my dad was let go from his job because the company was sinking. Here in the US, insurance is often through employer. A government program called KOBRA extended our insurance (same costs, same benefits) for a year afterward, then we needed to find new insurance. Dad has his own tiny business now.

Dad could not find an insurance company that would cover me. One rep even told him to give up on covering me. I had JRA as a toddler and surgery for a mild jaw deformity as a teen.

Thankfully, my mom’s partner’s employer recognizes same-sex partnerships, so I got insured again. (Almost lost that when gay marriage was legalized, though!)

By  Mooglefox  |  22

What kills me is the cost of medication can be for “I need these to live” supplies. I am a Type-1 diabetic with a low-pay, full time job, and over half of my paycheck goes toward my meds

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  DataWog  |  28

As a Canadian, I will never understand that shit.

I take multiple medications, only one of which could be classified as 'I need this to live', and all together they would make up about 1/4 of my income... but I've never had to pay for any of them.

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I understand how you feel. Being severely allergic to bees (and stupidly having a vast flower garden) I tend to have my fair share of stings. But I had to destroy my award winning garden when epinephrine pens started costing $500+ for 2 doses. And that was with premium health insurance.

By  Nhayaa  |  6

Never understood how you can let this happen. You can say that french people are lazy and go on strike often but at least we fight for our rights and tell the government they're doing sh*tty things we disagree with.

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  Nadine  |  20

The government does not listen to what the American people want, and even if they did, there are a lot of reaaaallly ignorant people. Just check the Facebook comments for this article.

By  keble  |  9

I've had 3 surgeries, 2 of which were only needed because of problems with the first one. Even though I perfectly described my issues it still took them over a year in between each surgery to diagnose exactly what I told them I was feeling. They also still made me pay in full for extra surgeries and refuse to treat the pain caused by them because they think I'm exaggerating. American health care in a nutshell.

By  Sheepiebeepie  |  22

I went to the hospital for food poisoning and was charged $2700. All I needed and asked for was an IV. When I was hyperventilating from nausea, instead of putting a bag over my face to reduce oxygen levels, they put a benzo in my IV and then did four unnecessary x-rays and an ultra sound while I was completely drugged on an anxiety medication I didn’t need. They even did a pregnancy test even though I explicitly told them there’s no way I could be pregnant because I’m gay. The only thing they didn’t do that I desperately needed was take a stool sample even though I told them when I had to use the restroom.

By  Kyrstin Budd  |  11

I called an ambulance to take me to the hospital that was on the same street that I lived on. I was charged $700 (a good deal here in America, but still) for a two minute ride, and for the EMT to do nothing except shush me in annoyance when I kept screaming in agony.

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