People from Around the World Reveal how Bad Their US Healthcare Was

8. Back pain and US healthcare insurance is a joke. “My wife had to go to three specialists about back pain before one approved of an… Trista - April 29, 2021

8. Back pain and US healthcare insurance is a joke.

“My wife had to go to three specialists about back pain before one approved of an MRI. The tech did the wrong area, and we had to go back. Last fall, her primary care physician was determined it was kidney stones, and the specialist convinced us to agree to surgery she didn’t need that provided zero benefits. It took us nearly a year and quite a bit of missed work for her to learn she has five bulging discs and one herniated disc in her back possibly from a car wreck a couple of years ago.”

“Three years ago, my younger brother went into the hospital with back trouble. He developed a respiratory infection(with a fever) while in the hospital. They eventually sent him to a physical therapy facility like that. He was dead eleven hours later. When my older brother was born, he had to go into the NICU due to a bleeding problem. My mother’s insurance company at first refused to pay any of the expenses, stating that they didn’t approve the charge beforehand. Apparently expecting my mother to anticipate a bleeding problem for her premature child, call them, and wait for approval, all in the late 1970’s. All anecdotal, but these are people with the money for care and great insurance. The system could be better.”


7. This subject of poor healthcare insurance in the US gets people on a rant.

Megalomaniac says, “There are also serious economic issues as well, and in many ways, global healthcare rides on American innovation and private healthcare. I think some of the things Trump did make a ton of sense, like the price disclosure regulation as well as the Medicare paying the lowest price through EO. Should someone lose their entire life savings because they got cancer? Why wouldn’t someone have insurance for serious issues like cancer, car accidents, strokes, etc.? If they don’t have insurance, then yes, they need to pay for their healthcare.”

“Chances are, they will spend much much more than their ability to pay and leave the hospital on the hook. And that is okay because they received their healthcare. I’ve already addressed that we share common ground addressing cost issues. You act like you want massive thousands of dollars provided for nothing like it grows on trees and it doesn’t have economic impacts. You lose a lot in the sense of economic incentives towards healthcare development, you lose the profit driver to act as an efficiency driver, and you end up having the typical government bloat, corruption, graft, and obscenities.”


6. Having more than one insurance doesn’t seem to matter, either.

“I have two sets of insurance, and trying to get them to pay for anything is a bitch and a half. And if you make the tiniest mistake on your end, despite providing insurance information 13x over, they’ll be as quick to deny paying for you and try to get you to foot the bill. And thank god I have two sets. I was in the hospital for five weeks plus two stints in inpatient rehab and two months of outpatient in 1 year. It’s been 1.5 years later, and I’m still getting bill collection calls and mail daily about how I’m going to pay $800K in medical bills… I literally had a chick act like I was casually asking if I was going to throw down 100k in 10k annual payments,” says Tommy_Wisseau_burner.

“I literally laughed on the phone and told her to get with my insurance companies and figure this shit out because I’m not paying dick for something they should’ve figured out a year ago. Now I try to imagine the other stuff I need (as an amputee) and people with chronic illnesses/conditions, and people without insurance, and how they’ve been fucked over. Let’s not forget that until about 10-15 years ago, denying people with pre-existing conditions was an actual debate point and whether it should be allowed. As an amputee, there was a bill recently about whether there’s a policy to have one prosthesis for your entire life… just 1. These bad boys can cost 50k plus. Mine costs about 80k.” 


5. We need to do better with US healthcare insurance.

“The care is good, probably better than most places. And frankly, with insurance, I have zero concerns about myself or my family’s health. As a whole, it’s significantly better than it is perceived on Reddit. What I don’t like is there is still 8-10% of the population that isn’t insured. I feel like a catastrophic plan should be required, just like car insurance is required. (Toss it on taxes if you can’t prove private insurance),” stated randocadet.

“What infuriates me about our system is just how much the hospitals and drug companies overcharge. They can do this because most people have insurance, and it’s spread out over millions. But they’re doing it enough where our government spends the most per capita on medical expenses. This isn’t just a healthcare problem but really a problem whenever the US government tries to buy anything: military, construction, private contracts, etc. Everyone gouges the government. Before the US can seriously contemplate universal healthcare, we need to address the overinflated prices of care.” We need to do better as a whole, that’s for sure. 


4. Not rich enough to receive cancer treatment.

“I already know I’m not rich enough to get cancer treatment if I needed it here in the US and accept that. What I have an issue with is having no access to care without GOOD Insurance. I needed my gallbladder removed in 2012 but had poor insurance. My portion of the cost was $2300 and needed to be paid upfront before insurance would kick in. No hospital would do the surgery without my portion paid upfront. Not having $2300 (my entire monthly income), I had to wait three years until I had a better job with better insurance where my cost was only $450,” says bigh2k1

“I would have preferred socialized govt health care and a 2-year wait over the three years I lived with pain and the fear of my gallbladder bursting. Insurance told me when my gallbladder does burst. They will cover my hospital costs without my prepaying my copay portion. But they said to be within 2 hours of a hospital or the toxins released from my burst gallbladder could kill me. Even routine care in the US is only available to those who can afford their copays OR the extremely poor who qualify for the government Medicaid insurance.”


3. Japanese insurance and healthcare compared to US.

“I’m American. I lived in Japan from 2012-2018, and what a dream that was. Moving back was the worst decision I ever made, and it primarily lands on the fact that American healthcare and insurance is the worst damn system imaginable. I had my last three wisdom teeth taken out last November. I have dental insurance through my employer. They ran it and told me I’d have to cover $1400 of the surgery on my own because I had hit my limit, and the rest would not be covered by insurance. Well, now, two months later, I’ve learned that apparently $1400 wasn’t enough as I have a new bill for nearly $600 more because of things my insurance would not cover.”

“It cost me $49 to have one wisdom tooth removed when I lived in Japan. Even without Japanese Insurance, I could have bought a round-trip ticket to Japan, had the rest taken out, and still have over $300 to spare. That is ludicrous. And my friends wonder why I don’t travel anymore. It’s damn things like this that suck up money. Two months AFTER I think I’ve got everything paid and under control, I get surprise bills from things I apparently didn’t pay enough for. How the HELL do you budget when you could get a $600 demand at any time from a doctor for something that happened months ago?” rants ccaccus.


2. Problems at the eye doctor because of US healthcare insurance.

“I wear contacts, and often times my eyes get pretty dry because of it, so much that the veins surrounding the edges of the contact will get very red, and my eyes will get irritated. It’s like the contact was sucking all of my moisture out. I brought this issue up to my eye doctor, and she gave me a prescription for some eye drops that should help. Cool. I’m expected them to be like $70 or so with insurance (not that I know much about insurance coverage, considering I’m just in college, but that was my guess). My mother and I got to the store to pick up my prescription. The lady at the counter gets a surprised look on her face,” says Astronomy_

“She tells us that she’s going to check and make sure it’s the correct prescription… turns out it is, and it costs around $2000. Not to mention they’re individual use?? Wtf are individual-use eye drops? And WHY are they TWO THOUSAND DOLLARS? Insurance would cover a couple hundred, so that brought it down to $1.7k. Actually ridiculous. It’s not even just the insurance that’s bad. It’s the price of it in general… why are they two thousand? I’ll just keep using the over-the-counter contact eye drops that are just contact solution and continue to suffer.”


1. It’s hard for everyone in America.

childfromthesun explains, “I used to work for a health insurance company, and it was absolutely painful. Sometimes even we didn’t understand the decisions our company made. I could only do it for a few months. I had to help a poor lady who, post-heart surgery, was promised over the phone it was covered. Then the company suddenly backtracked after the fact and asked her to cough up 60K. My boss threatened me not to tell her how to dispute. Absolutely HORRIFIC! Dealing with crying dying cancer patients on the phone just trying to offset costs for their surviving relatives and poor elderly being taken advantage of broke my heart.” 

“Listening to distressed patients in pain wondering why their life-saving med prices jumped from $50/m to $5000/m NO EXAGGERATION! And the cold and calculated cruelty of the company I worked for astounded me. I couldn’t believe this was an everyday reality for sick people. My husband was about to move to America to live with me! Then, I realized we were making a mistake. I stopped him from boarding the plane because I know this would be our future when we grew elderly. I knew in my soul I had to get the hell out of this place.”