Exactly this. Thank you. The issue is so layered. No, healthcare is not a market. We aren’t consumers. We’re patients and even on the rare occasions that we can shop around, it’s almost impossible to know the true cost of services. But the system of not knowing how much things truly cost is so embedded in our culture that people don’t start there…
Yes. All of this. I hope for your sake, and for the sake of the next generation, that we fix this broken system so that you don’t have to worry about medical expenses. No one should have to worry about this!
I’m so sorry to hear about all that you’re going through to care for your son — the stress must be immeasurable. You’re absolutely right, free market and insulated costs is a false argument. I hate (HATE!) that we refer to healthcare as a market as if we had choice, as if we were consumers buying a sweater or a new car. It’s toxic and it only works if you are rich.
It baffles me too. I assume that the majority of Americans don’t really understand how broken the system is because maybe it’s kind of working for them? Maybe they’re getting insurance from their employers and don’t feel the cost of healthcare the way sole proprietors and self-employed people do because our plans have the highest up front costs. If…
“I lived in the UK for 3 years and was shocked by how calm I felt knowing that whatever happened to me health wise, I would be OK.” — this is everything. It’s why we need universal healthcare because we aren’t consumers (I hate the term “healthcare marketplace”), we’re human beings who get sick.
I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of your mom. Yes, we also learned the cost of many things we’d assumed would be covered (like an ambulance ride between hospitals that we were essentially forced to take and then got a $1500 bill for). It adds so much devastation to an already devastating time in people’s lives.
Oh, Anna — I am so sorry for the loss of your brother. Thank you for your comment. No, you’re not crazy. We carry their memory with us and I know (at least for me) I am compelled to tell the world about my Ana every chance I get.