Beamer wrote on Feb 12, 2021, 11:23:
Weirdly, every other major industrial nation has managed to figure out providing healthcare for its citizens.
I guess some people just think we're a dumber nation than Canada or France. Personally, I believe America is a great nation, but I understand others think we're a bottom of the barrel incompetent one. Shame.
Or even for non-citizens. When I studied abroad in Japan I got pretty sick with bronchitis and a secondary infection, Japanese friend showed me how to use my insurance card and walked me through my first doctors visit, when it came time to pay the bill I figured I'd be out 20-30,000 yen (about 2-300 usd), the visit and prescription for the medicine (and the doc even told me she'd give me the highest dose prescription since I was a fair bit fatter (read: slightly overweight) than most Japanese men, whole thing cost me 40 bucks, and doctors still have substantially higher wage in Japan but the gov't helps pay for a fair bit of the expenses. I got a lot of strange looks from all the other exchange students when I acted like won the lottery, they couldn't believe how expensive and byzantine our healthcare system was.