#1
Hi there, I haven't been around for years, but anyway...

I've lived my whole life in Mexico (I'm a US citizen, my mom married my mexican dad), and I'm about to graduate from university, and I'm planning to move elsewhere. now, I've never lived in the US, but I understand that healthcare is terrible and expensive? is this true? how does anyone get health insurance? and, for example, for minor illnesses, such as a throat infection or maybe a flu, what do you do?

I'm very interested in your answers, because if healthcare is as terrible as I've read, I might actually consider moving somewhere else, like the UK, or Canada (although maybe that wouldn't be as easy for me, as I do not hold canadian or uk citizenship).

Thanks for your answers.
#2
US healthcare? Who told you we have that?
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#4
You get insurance, and when you are sick you go to a doctor.

Very complicated, I know. Crazy ass shit...
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It's better than in Mexico, so if you wanted a comparison there you go.

I dunno, in Mexico at least they have the balls to rob you at gunpoint instead of inside a stuffy doctor's office.
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#8
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It's better than in Mexico, so if you wanted a comparison there you go.



that's not what the World Health Organization says... nor the thousands of USD that enter this country from US medical tourists.
#9
Most people get their health insurance through their employer.

If you're picking based on health systems though, stay the hell away from here. Until you get cancer.

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#10
If you're lucky enough to get insurance through your employer it will cost you a significant part of your paycheck (at least in my experience.) I haven't had insurance in at least 5 years and to give you an idea of my situation, it costs me $100 cash to see my doctor and then I get a bill for another $300. The specialist I needed to see for my back cost $700 upfront followed by a $1300 bill, plus about another $1500 to get an MRI.

TLDR: It's bad.
#11
Health system?


Lack there-of ya mean....
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#12
It's FUBAR.

It's what you get when you try to make a profit out of people's health. The prices also get higher and higher since people can't pay, don't they?
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#13
I wouldn't know because I've never really had to use it.
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#14
its ridiculously bad and even if you have health insurance they look for a way to justify not paying out.look at chuck shuldinger.he had health insurance but they wouldnt pay up so he ended up dying from cancer which was easily treated. i dont usually recommend michael moore but watch sicko, it will give you an insight to the american system and compares it against the civilised world
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#15
We are the most advanced, trailblazing country in the world. Do you really think we have such a barbaric and exploitative health system? Pffh, foreigners
#16
it's bad stay healthy you'll be fine
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#17
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If you're lucky enough to get insurance through your employer it will cost you a significant part of your paycheck (at least in my experience.) I haven't had insurance in at least 5 years and to give you an idea of my situation, it costs me $100 cash to see my doctor and then I get a bill for another $300. The specialist I needed to see for my back cost $700 upfront followed by a $1300 bill, plus about another $1500 to get an MRI.

TLDR: It's bad.



that sucks, man, its ****ing expensive.
#18
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its ridiculously bad and even if you have health insurance they look for a way to justify not paying out.look at chuck shuldinger.he had health insurance but they wouldnt pay up so he ended up dying from cancer which was easily treated. i dont usually recommend michael moore but watch sicko, it will give you an insight to the american system and compares it against the civilised world


i've seen that moore's documentary, that's what motivated this thread, thanks for your answer.
#19
from what I've heard, it's the best treatment you can get, but if your insurance won't pay out or you don't have insurance then you're completely ****ed. If it's important to you, move somewhere where the healthcare system wasn't designed with profit in mind.
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from what I've heard, it's the best treatment you can get, but if your insurance won't pay out or you don't have insurance then you're completely ****ed. If it's important to you, move somewhere where the healthcare system wasn't designed with profit in mind.

^This. We have some of the best hospitals/doctors/etc in the world, but if you want to go see them, you need to have the proper insurance, or it will cost you more than you will ever make in your life just for a consultation. (blatant exaggeration)

But srsly: Healthcare is massively expensive, and any government-funded healthcare that might come to be in the future will only keep people from wanting to be doctors here, as they won't make the hundreds of thousands of dollars that previous doctors did.

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that's not what the World Health Organization says... nor the thousands of USD that enter this country from US medical tourists.

The thousands of USD that go to Mexico are because people can't afford treatment in America.
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#21
There's great quality of care, but due to all of the waste committed in the industry to prevent malpractice suits, it's way more expensive than it should be.

Many jobs have health insurance, many don't. It's expensive, and if you can't afford it and are worried about it, don't live here.