I pay $2000 USD PER MONTH, OUT OF MY OWN POCKET for health care insurance. I pay more for this ‘premium’ healthcare than I do for my house mortgage. Even with this exorbitant rate, it still doesn’t cover everything. I still have out of pocket deductibles to meet, etc.
On top of this, I pay a concierge fee to my primary care physician, as her office is sick of dealing with the insurance companies and their regulations- so add a few hundred bucks per month to that-
It is a scary, ridiculous, and sad reality in America.
Still, I’d expect decent care from my doctors with the money I am shelling out. Unfortunately, this hasn’t always been the case, in my experience.
I’ve had to fight tooth and nail- with the doctors, the insurance companies- to advocate for myself. I am so glad that I did, in retrospect.
I know a lot of Americans equate ‘socialized medicine’ and ‘free healthcare to all’ with the Cold War and Red Scare- believing that if they received affordable care, our country would plunge into a communist society reminiscent of the Hunger Games movies.
As a person who has lived abroad half of her adult life in countries with socialized medicine I can absolutely tell you that this isn’t the case.
It is FUCKING HEINOUS that we all have to go bankrupt for the US insurance companies.
I don’t understand why Americans think it is acceptable to pay more than their mortgages for the most rudimentary of health care insurance.
Our middle class is eroding. People are dying because they are scared to go to the doctor and/or can’t afford to.