For a few decades now, the United States of America has considered itself to be the greatest nation on the planet. They believe that their country has reached the epitome of human progression and that there is nothing that America cannot do. However, there are many studies and statistics that show that many areas in the United States of America can be improved. When it comes to areas like education, life expectancy, happiness, gender equality and healthcare, the United States of America lags far behind most of the other nations around the world. The healthcare system in particular is a total and utter disaster. It is governed by horrible policies which results in poor health and financial ruin. Here are some examples that show how bad the healthcare system in the United States of America really is.
Designed To Benefit
If what that person said in the presentation was true, the citizens of the United States of America should start an uprising against the healthcare system that is designed to benefit insurance companies and hospitals rather than the citizens themselves.
Charge To Hold The Baby
This mother was charged $39.35 just so she could have skin-to-skin contact with her baby after the C-section delivery of the child. This goes to show that the hospitals will charge for even the simplest things.
The High Cost
We all know that it is quite expensive to get even the simplest of procedures in the United States of America. However, when it is put into perspective like this, it is quite easy to understand that a life in Spain would be a lot cheaper.
Healthcare In Canada
The whole world knows that the healthcare system in Canada is one of the best in the world. The healthcare system in Canada is designed to benefit the people of Canada and it is widely known that the bills in Canada are almost non-existent.
Rights And Privileges
The Republican Party has long been an advocate for the right to bear arms and yet the healthcare agenda has often taken a backseat when it comes to preferred policies. Ideally, it should have been the opposite.
There are many people within the United States of America who have defended the Second Amendment. However, these people do not realize that the Constitution of the United States of America is largely outdated and there is a definite requirement for gun control laws.
Paying The Hospital Bills
Breaking Bad is one of the most popular TV shows in the United States of America and what people do not realize is that they are actually looking at a series of unbelievable things that Walter is doing just so he can pay for his hospital bills.
Wearing Medical Tags
This is definitely worth a read. It goes on to show how a simple visit to the hospital can cost you thousands of dollars in the USA, while it is paid for by the government in Canada. Also, always be on the lookout for medical tags and read the information on them.
The medical bills in the United States of America are quite hefty and there are more people going bankrupt because of them in the USA than in any other country around the world.
These two doctors dressed up as Universal Healthcare for Halloween, an idea that can scare more than half the people in the United States of America. For some reason, the American citizens are just not ready to adopt the reforms under the healthcare policy.
Going Back To Chemistry
The above comic strip became famous for its take against the healthcare system in the United States of America. If Walter White was in any other country, he would have received the benefits of free healthcare and he might have never gone into the illegal cooking business.
Asking For Help
You can always see crowdfunding campaigns from the Americans because they do not have a government that is willing to bring reform to the healthcare system.
Going Off The Radar
A shady veterinarian might make a few mistakes but the bill would be a lot less than if you go to a regular hospital in the United States to seek treatment for any ailment.
Now we finally get why the Americans are always so friendly. They need help paying for their medical bills.
This is such a sad thing to hear. You do not expect to see such things in your daily life since it sounds like something from a movie or a TV show. However, this is something that has happened to a real person.
Life Is Precious
There are conservatives who are against abortion since they believe that every life is precious but they throw all those beliefs out the window when it comes to healthcare.
Follow The Others
This is quite a satirical post. It shows all the countries that have adopted universal healthcare over the years and have not given up the policy on account that they found it to be very beneficial and not a disaster.
Understanding The American Healthcare System
If you want to understand the American Healthcare System, this comic will give you the best idea of what the policy actually is. This comic shows that healthcare is expensive in the USA and something as simple as a bandage can cost you quite a lot.
The Sad Reality
This is a sad reality of the American Healthcare system. There are many people who started their crowdfunding campaigns in order to get the money that they required for their treatment.
If you go visit the GoFundMe website or any other crowdfunding campaign in the United States, you will see that most of the campaigns are for the healthcare industry.
If the patient in Room C had insurance, he would have been saved since his insurance would have paid for his hospital bills.
Asking The Important Questions
This tweet was posted in 2017 and it was a debate between two questions, “Should people have health care?” and “Are Nazis bad?” The questions don’t seem that difficult to us.
Dressing Right For The Visit
“As a Brit, this is how I plan to dress when I visit the US after reading about the cost of simple healthcare.” This man is right to think this way if he wants to keep his medical bills down.
Everything that the country believes as a whole is supposed to be pro-life and yet, the Americans are all against free healthcare for all. They love their wars and have a huge military budget as well.
Back In The Day
Today’s generation is obsessed with the policies regarding healthcare and are bent on getting the government to change them. However, the older generations have just accepted the fact that Universal Healthcare is not for them.
The Dystopian Society
Crowdfunding is becoming a thing because people are not able to afford the basic necessity of healthcare. Most people would rather die than pay for their healthcare in the United States of America.
It is the government’s duty to take care of its citizens and healthcare is one of the most important needs of the people who cannot afford it. And yet, one of the political parties in the United States of America is all about ignoring the pleas of the citizens.
It is entirely the baby’s fault for not getting insurance before entering the hospital. The parents should get the insurance before the baby is even born or else all the expenses of the baby are billed to the parents.
This comic from “Cyanide and Happiness” is a direct take against medical healthcare in the USA. Even though the guy was cured from depression, the medical bill was high enough to kick him back into his depressed state.
“I work in a hospital laboratory. I ordered a pack of these cheap plastic rulers from eBay for about $6. Our medical supplier charges more than $80 for the exact same rulers. This is why health care costs are out of control.”
An Idea For A Great App
This is a brilliant idea for an app and someone should find a way to make this happen. Only then will the politicians opposing reproductive health and universal healthcare will understand the pain of the people.
What They Really Mean
When the conservative party says that their policy will cover everyone, this was what they really meant. They are not going to cover the expenses but are going to cover the dead bodies.
The Long Bill
This man must have been quite enthusiastic about supporting the Republican party in the United States of America without considering the repercussions. He went to the hospital, received a bill and the hospital informed him that the insurance had lapsed.
The Ambulance Charges
It is a lot cheaper to get to a hospital in an Uber than to take a ride in an ambulance. Also, the Uber gets to you quite a lot faster than the ambulance.
Foreigners Find It Weird
People living outside the United States of America find it super weird when they come across Americans and get to know that healthcare and basic education is not provided for by the government.
Trumpcare is a nickname given to the American Health Care Act, which was a bill brought in to reform and replace the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). Thankfully, the bill never passed in the Senate and people of the United States of America were saved from even higher medical bills.
Affordable Health Insurance
Instead of health insurance, which is super expensive, people in the United States of America are turning to home remedies that can help them get some relief at a low cost.
Getting A Snake Bite
Something as simple as a snakebite, which can happen to anyone, requires nearly the same amount of money to cure as buying a luxury sports car. The American healthcare system really needs a revision.
Two Sides Of The Same Reality
This is sad but it is a reality. It is all about the insurance companies deciding which lives matter and which are not covered by them. The life of a toy matters more to the hospitals than saving the life of a 15-year old girl just because the girl does not have insurance.
The Fancy Suites
Based on the amount that the hospitals charge, a hospital bed is no less than a fancy suite in the USA. The hospital beds are just fancy hotel suites without any of the luxuries.
Equality Should Be Enforced
If the members of the Congress were to get the same healthcare system that any other regular citizens use, they would bring about a reform in the healthcare system quite quickly.
Paying Them Into Power
Every citizen in the USA should cause an uprising against the current healthcare system since they are the ones paying for the salaries and budgets of the country with their taxes. And yet, a majority of the population does not receive the benefits.
Welcome To The USA
The people on Twitter are ever so sharp about expressing their wit and calling out the system when they feel things are wrong. This one user speaks out against the healthcare system and how the politicians operate.
Two Hours And A Xanax Later
The person who received this bill had forgotten to take his meds and had an anxiety attack at work. His boss called 911 and two hours in the hospital and a Xanax later, the person received the above bill.
Learning From YouTube
Kristina Wong is out to make everyone’s life easier by providing affordable healthcare. Of course, she will not be allowed to practice without a proper medical license but she will do what she can at an affordable rate.
Sweden Can Hurt
The template for the above comic from Cyanide and Happiness has been used a number of times to express how words can be hurtful. This time, it was the Swedish dog saying that he has free healthcare in his country, hurting the average American citizen.
Closer To A Million
This is a bill from a child birth. The amount which the hospital has charged for the child birth is more than half a million American dollars which is a staggering amount.
First Thing She Did
The Las Vegas mass shooting at the concert was a tragic incident. One of the victims had slipped into a coma and the first thing she did after waking up was start a fundraiser that would help her pay the medical bills.
A New iPhone Every Month
The smartphone industry is trying hard to bring down the cost of premium phones and yet the people who have to take insulin continue to bear the high costs.
Make The Hard Choice
When you are at the pharmacy, you always have to make the hard choice between staying healthy and having enough money leftover to afford other basic necessities such as food and housing.
Taking Advantage Of Demand
One of the coroner’s offices in Ohio was running out of space because so many people were dying from drug overdoses and a pharmaceutical company which made the cure for the drug overdose raised the price of their injectors so as to make more money and take advantage of the rising demand.
Call For A Celebration
This man is overjoyed because he has finally saved up enough money to get health insurance and now he will be able to afford the heart medication that his doctor has prescribed to him.
Hit By A High Driver
Even walking around is not safe. This man was hit by a driver who was high on Heroin and he was admitted to hospital for a month. The above amount was the bill that the hospital generated for him.
Talking About Trumpcare
This is another meme template that has been used a number of times to talk about important issues in a satire. Trumpcare was widely opposed by the public who would not have been able to afford the rising costs of healthcare.
Although we know that this was not what was said when the British Prime minister shook hands with this woman, if it were the US Healthcare coming to meet the woman after her card was declined, then it would be exactly what was said.
The Expensive Drip
If you are not covered by insurance, having a simple glucose drip would cost you $14,714.49 in the United States of America. This charge will include other expenses such as crisis stabilization and room charges.
How Not To Feel Pain?
The guy was feeling pain when the doctor squeezed his neck and the remedy that the doctor suggested was not to squeeze it. For this simple answer, the American Healthcare would charge him heavily.
Cost Of A Penny
A little boy had swallowed a penny and his parents took him to the doctor. For a 5 minute procedure, the bill was raised to the above amount. The parents should have just waited for the boy to poop the penny out.
Getting Well On Gunpoint
If you want to get healthcare in the USA, but you want to do it at an affordable price, you will have to take advantage of the Second Amendment which gives you the right to bear arms. Only then can you have access to affordable healthcare in America.
This is the reality of the American Healthcare system. If you are going to a pharmacy, you should be ready to say goodbye to your life since it is probably going to be the case if you can’t afford to pay for your medicines.
Rich Vs Poor
While Obamacare was for the masses so that everyone could be able to afford healthcare in the USA, Trumpcare is all about only the rich being able to afford healthcare.
Paying For Flu Shots
While you have to pay $27.99 for a flu shot in the United States of America, the same flu shot is given for free in Canada and other countries which have universal healthcare.
Supplies Are Expensive
“I work in a hospital. We use these simple metal baskets to process tissue specimens. Our hospital-mandated supplier charges us $700 apiece for these. SEVEN. HUNDRED. DOLLARS. This is why healthcare costs are so f*cked up. [Reposting here because original was taken down. People need to see this sh*t]”
The only place in the United States of America where you can get free healthcare is prison, but you should be ready to halt your life entirely and get something on your record in order to get the medical bills paid by the government.
Canadian Healthcare System
William Gibson is an award winning American-Canadian science fiction author and he believes that he would not have been able to have a career as a novelist if it were not for the Canadian universal national healthcare. He also says that he would not have been alive if it were not for the Canadian healthcare.
Health Insurance Is Important
This fellow was very happy that he was not going to have to pay the high prices for healthcare. He would prefer dying rather than having to get another mortgage on his house in order to pay his medical bills.
Life Expectancy Is Low
The United States of America has not increased the budget for the healthcare industry while the other countries have done so brilliantly. The other countries are seeing a rise in the life expectancy while the people in the USA tend to say goodbye to their lives early on.
About Profits, Not People
There is an outrage required when it comes to the healthcare system in the United States of America. The healthcare system is designed so that only the rich are able to afford the insurance and they are the ones who can actually afford to pay the medical bills in the first place.
The Secret Plan To Harm Americans
The National Security Agency is always looking for threats to the Americans and yet they did not see the Healthcare plan that was designed by the GOP Republican party as a potential threat to the Americans.
An Apt Lawyer Ad
Jacob has done advertising right because he knows that there is no way that an American without health insurance can afford to pay the bills of the hospital. If they are not able to afford healthcare, they certainly cannot afford to pay the high fee of the lawyers either.
This is a medical bill that a guy got for his time in hospital. Take note of the Occupational Therapy that the guy received for $455.75, and he says that the nurse had given him a toothbrush and the hospital had charged it to that.
How To Become Spiderman
The only reason that Peter Parker did not go to a hospital after the spider bit him was because he did not have health insurance and his family was already struggling to pay the bills.
The Healthcare Journey In The USA
Three things that describe the American healthcare system perfectly are that it is insanely expensive, you can be sure that you will get a terrible service in hospital and that you will want the sweet release of death looking at the bill that you receive.
Getting medicines is going to cost you but in some countries, like Canada, these medicines cost quite less. However, if you are in the USA and you have got something as simple as heartburn, you should be ready to pay the high prices of the medicines at your local pharmacy.
Healthcare policies should be simple. The government should provide for those who are not able to provide for themselves and yet somehow it is quite complicated.
B99 Got It Right
Any of you would have the same attitude as Jake Peralta from Brooklyn 99 if you did not have health insurance too. You would deny any sort of treatment because you would not be able to afford it.
Even The Children Are Affected
Even the children have become aware of the fact that there are some insurances that hospitals just do not accept. They have started to incorporate those events early on in their childhood.
This comic is a direct hit at the healthcare policies that America has in its country today. The doctors write down an amount that is so high that you will be stressed just thinking about it. The irony would be if you are going to a psychiatrist to get treatment for being stressed.
Not Understanding How It Works
There are some Americans who just do not understand how healthcare works. They think that the medicines cost just as much as they are paying for and that there is no money left for universal healthcare.
Paying The Bills
The iPhone was a commodity that people often thought was too expensive. However, when compared to healthcare, the price of iPhones stacked on top of each other is nothing.
When the health insurance companies deny the patient of the coverage, they are essentially killing them. We wonder when the policies would be made to hold them accountable for their denials.
If you take a closer look at the American Healthcare system, you will realize that they are weeding out the diseases by denying transplants and other transfusions from family members.
A Complete Disregard For Human Life
The Americans have ceased to care about human life in the sense that they do not care about their own lives. The simple reason behind this is the increased cost of healthcare. They would rather die and let their families cash in the life insurance than pay for the hefty premiums of their medical bills.
Unpreventable Illnesses In The USA
This is the medical bill that was given to a 20 year old guy who was suffering from Appendicitis. He shared the image of the bill so that people would have an idea of how much healthcare is costing Americans.
One Percenters Taking From The Poor
Trumpcare basically gave tax deductions to the one percenters of America by increasing the cost of healthcare and letting the people who cannot afford it suffer.
Living On A Prayer
The heart of the plan of the Republican Party is that people will simply have to trust in God and pray for their good health. This is quite apt because only a miracle would have been able to save the Americans under the healthcare plan of the Republicans.
It Is Your Fault You Are Poor
The United States of America is the only developed country on the planet where you have to be rich if you are going to get shot in a mass shooting and want to live. If you are poor, you will not be able to afford treatment from a gunshot.
Even If You Have Insurance
Even if you have insurance, chances are that your insurance will not cover the entire medical bill. This guy got a CT Scan done at a hospital and had to pay such a hefty amount for the simple procedure.
Spending On Healthcare Vs Lifespan
An average American spends nearly 2.5 times more on healthcare than the citizens of other rich countries and yet the American citizen has a lifespan which is 1.5 years less than the average of other countries.
Four Weeks Of Hospitalization
This guy would have been able to buy a lavish home by avoiding the month that he spent in hospital. The bill was over $700,000 and you can buy a decent mansion and a luxury car with that amount.
Senator John McCain
Senator John McCain, before his death in 2018, was infamous for being the advocate for Trumpcare. He had brain cancer and, even then, he would attend sessions that were on healthcare to vote for Trumpcare.
Rock Climbing Can Be Expensive
“My brother fell while rock climbing and broke his neck, back, and ankle. This is what the bill looks like for two surgeries, a week hospital stay, the neck/back braces, and ankle cast.”
The Daily Ritual
Whenever there is a policy, such as healthcare, up for debate in the Senate or the Congress, the people begin their day by calling up their representatives and begging them to vote in a way that would be beneficial for the masses.
Spending A Hundred Grand
“Six months ago, at age 25, my wife was diagnosed with cancer. Her last chemotherapy treatment was yesterday (she’s now cancer-free). Cost of healthcare: $97,247.56. This is why you need insurance.”
The Actual Name Of The Bill
Trumpcare was a disaster so the Republicans decided that the only thing that would make it appealing was to give it a name that had the word ‘Greatest’ in it.
The Unlucky Guy
This guy is forever unlucky because just when he had paid off his credit cards, which we all know can be a real hardship, he had a stroke and fell into medical debt. That would not have been the case if he didn’t live in America.
iPhone Or Healthcare
If you are someone who thinks that people should have to make the choice between healthcare and a smartphone, may you have a crappy health insurance cover. Everyone deserves to have free medical care.
The Sheer Stress
Everyone knows that if you undergo undue stress, your body starts to react in different ways. Some people have claimed to developing ulcers in their stomachs because of the stress that they get. This man developed an ulcer just from trying to figure out the coverage of his health insurance.
Saved By The Insurance
It’s a good thing that this old man had health insurance or else he would have to pay nearly $40,000 for the medication. If he lived in Australia, he would only have to pay $40, if he was not under pension, and about $6 if he was a pensioner.