Indian and British Doctors React to US Medical Bills Ft. Kiran Morjaria
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Indian and British Doctors React to US Medical Bills Ft. Kiran Morjaria

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If there’s one country where it costs two kidneys to fix one, it’s the US Join me, a doctor from India, and my friend @Kiran Morjaria who is a GP trainee from … .

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31 thoughts on “Indian and British Doctors React to US Medical Bills Ft. Kiran Morjaria

  1. On the bright side, if you just don't pay for 7 years it goes away.
    I had a planned galbladder removal when I was 25, talked to the hospital, the surgeon and the anesthesiologist. The Surgeon said he'd do it for $600, Hospital said it'd be free, and the Anestheseologist wanted $2k.
    I show up at the hospital on the day, surgery goes fine.
    Week later I get the bill:
    The anestheseologist I had planned couldn't show, so an "emergency doctor" came in and charged me $38,000. The hospital apparently didn't stick with their deal and charged me $30,000($17,000 for the operating room, $100 for a glass of orange juice and muffin they wouldn't let me leave 'til I ate and the rest was for pre-op and waiting room).

    I paid the surgeon and just didn't pay the other 2 bills. 7 years later, my credit is back to normal.

  2. More than $1,000 for an ultrasound and nearly $7,000 for a CT scan.
    That's just absurd.
    These are phantasy prices, illegal price gouging.
    They charge several, multiple times more than the actual cost. The cost of course including labor and everything else included, like the cost of buying and maintaining the equipment

    Now, the climber who fell case, I just don't have words for that.
    Especially since it seems he was very lucky and everything went really well so that he had to stay only for a week in the hospital.
    Even the neck surgery must have been a fairly simple one, because otherwise his stay would have been longer, with a lot of physical therapy and rehab afterwards.

    But the pharmacy costs of $30,000 for someone who just stayed there one week was already a dead giveaway that this is gonna be just an outrageous case.
    Like, how do you even get drugs worth 30k into someone within a week? And we're not talking some latest cancer therapy, we're talking about simple stuff, paid medication, anticoagulants, just basic stuff like that.

  3. Mind you that the $98 pharmacy must have been just that single morphine shot.
    I know non-synthetic opioids are fairly expensive and injections more expensive that p.o., but nearly $100 for a single shot of most definitely just 10 mg of morphine is still ridiculously expensive.

  4. I live in the U.S and I had seizure, went the hospital and the bill was a little ove $18,000 and that was after the insurance paid. Reminder that 63% of Americans make less then $60,000 A YEAR!!

  5. This is because we have the best healthcare system on the planet.

    Every major medical advancement in the last 50 years has come out of the US. If you work. You get healthcare through your work. If you're a child, you get healthcare through your parents because they work.

    Hospitals and doctors offices are on average, the cleanest you can find. And doctors in the US go through the most schooling and are more trained than the majority of places on the planet.

    The only time you pay these amounts out of pocket is if you don't have insurance. But according to CDC statistics 2019, over 95% of Americans have insurance in one form or another. Insurance will cover most of it. Out of a $4,000 medical bill you'll pay probably $400 at most with decent insurance.

  6. Growing up, thanks to the Hollywood movies, I would love to move the US and live there..

    That until I return from holiday across Europe in 2019 and while waiting for boarding in Muscat, I spoke to a US Green card holder Indonesian returning to Indonesia. He was recently diagnosed with cancer and (translated) "I cant afford cancer treatment in the US"

    I was stunned.. he returned to be treated in Indonesia. From the US. Now talk about the difference in income per capita between these 2 countries.

    In Indonesia cancer is covered by BPJS (health security system). To use the govt scheme may involve long referral stages
    "But at least it will be free. It will not bankrupt me."

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