Health care could be improved upon, in the United States, no doubt. But there is one aspect of our health care I am extremely grateful for…
It looks a little bit like this:
It’s the LAW. In the case of a medical emergency, you have the right to be examined, treated, or otherwise transferred to a facility that can better help you – regardless of whether or not you have money or medical insurance.
In case of a medical emergency, you can indeed be treated before you have the means to pay for it. Not only that, but most hospitals have a financial department that tries to help you lessen your financial burden. These services are not free – you do get billed for them – but you will get treated immediately, and you can worry about the bill later.
It reminds me of having emergency surgery in India… What a nightmare! It was completely unexpected, and obviously I didn’t have the means to pay the bill right away! However, I would never have been seen or treated without paying the bill first. I’m glad everything was taken care of, however chaotic and scary that time was.
These signs are posted throughout every hospital, and if I remember correctly, these are also posted in every hospital room.
Hospitals in my area are always clean and safe. A code of ethics (of sorts) is always posted in hospitals, letting you know that you have rights as a patient, and what the hospital will do to help you in your time of need.
When I am in India, I worry what will happen in case of a medical emergency, but in the US, that isn’t something I ever have to fear. It would be nice to see India’s health care system improve, but for now, I think the only solution we have, is to start a saving’s account specifically for health and medical emergencies.
Since I’ve been in and out of doctor’s appointments lately (and yes, everything is just fine!) I thought I would share my thoughts on how grateful I am that this system exists.