What I Like About Health Care in the United States

What I Like About Health Care in the United States

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:

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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.

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11 thoughts on “What I Like About Health Care in the United States

  1. In India it sadly depends of the hospital, when I was in labour, I paid the bill at the end of my stay, no question of money was asked beforehand.
    Recently I ended up going to the hospital because of what I thoughts was kidney stones, my regular doctor wasn’t there that day, so I ended up in the ER, again, I didn’t pay for anything upfront, they investigated firt, then discharged me and I paid. I know not all hospitals work that way though.

    Governement hospitals have subsidised healthcare though, but they are often very crowded not always super hygienic but usually have doctors that have seen it all and have a lot of hands on experience.
    Private hospitals usually assume that because you stepped through their doors, you have money.

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      1. You need to get yourself a basic health insurance package in India too. Most only work if you get hospitalized but depending your insurance and hospital, it qualifies for cashless medical costs. In case your hospital doesn’t have a tie up, you pay your bills and the insurance reimburse you later. In both cases you usually have a 10% co-pay.
        Definitely look into insurance plans once back in India. In a lot of companies, the insurance plan employees get civets spouse and child too. I remember being covered even before I was eligible for PIO.

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  2. India’s healthcare system is chaotic! It scares me. You won’t get an ambulance in time. If at all it comes, it’s just a van without any equipment. God forbid if you have a gun shot wound or met with a serious accident and severely wounded, most hospitals won’t even admit you, in order to shun the responsibility of the possibly fatal outcome, leaving you to die at the door. Government hospitals do take you in in that case, but there is no hope you will live, coz again, they have no equipment or good doctors! Good luck if you are in India!

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  3. I beg to disagree with the comment above. I have had a first class experience of healthcare in India, from emergency paediatrics down to the best GP I have ever had and also fantastic women’s healthcare. Yes I had to pay but considering the quality of the service it was worth every penny and not too expensive either.
    I would say the care both myself and my daughter received in India was far better than that in the UK.
    In the UK I have had some pretty awful experiences with the NHS, to the point where I could have sued one hospital for neglect to me and my 4 week old baby. I chose not to take up the case though as I am so appreciative that we have free healthcare in the UK. The waiting lists may be long, the care may not always be up to standard but it is still one of the things about my country I am most proud of.
    It is a great shame that our government is doing it’s best to push junior doctors to the limit and dismantle the NHS bit by bit in favour of making all healthcare chargeable, the same as USA or India. It is shocking that they could destroy such a wonderful thing but that is the tory government – they only care about the rich.
    Anyway, my advice would be get the best medical insurance you can and make sure you have a list of emergency numbers to call and know where the best hospitals and doctors around you are.
    I do have one story about a government hospital in India- my friend met with a motorbike accident and woke up in hospital with no recollection of how he had got there. He didn’t know he was in hospital at first as when he woke up there was a chicken sitting on the end of his bed!

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    1. Yes, there are good hospitals with great treatment and facilities for pregnant women and newborns. And yes, it comes with a price tag.
      What I shared in the previous comment was what I have personally seen in case of acute cases. Of course, everyone has a different experience. 🙂

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  4. By experience, healt cares in India are expensive and my husband had terrible experiences with some hospitals in villages … ( misdiagnosed, or given incorrect medication …) They were not even able to treat his malaria! But in larger hospitals of major cities (Bangalore), treatments are better. Since my husband is a permanent resident of Canada, he really appreciate our health insurance! That’s a major advantage.

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