I ran across this while I was looking into the status of the Republican lockdown of the US government.
The satire is apt, but this is a very serious issue for Americans. When I originally got my diagnosis, the USSC had just upheld most of the Affordable Care Act. When I had my surgery, I costed out the price of my treatment to that point (family doctor and specialist appointments, visits to emergency, scans, xrays, surgery plus a week in hospital). The price was in the $250,000-$300,000 range (depending which hospital you went to).
I haven’t done a similar calculation from surgery-forward, but my drugs alone have ranged from $8,500 per month to $6,500 per month – about $72,000 a year if I didn’t have ODB. Five CT scans, two X-rays, dozens of oncology appointments, an MRI, biweekly nursing visits, four surgeon appointments; eight weeks of palliative rehabilitation with a team including doctors, nurses, social workers, dieticians, physiotherapists, and occupational therapists….none of these under private insurance, all via tax-paid services. I’m sure I’d be into the $500-600,000 range if not well beyond.
So, thank you.