A twenty year old man who had an operation for appendicitis this past October posted his medical bill online. The bill was originally for $55,000 dollars but because he was still under his father’s insurance coverage, the bill was reduced to $11,000.
Here’s the original bill. Note the reduction here:
That’s still high for such a young person, whose recovery time was literally a two hour stay in an out-patient recovery room, which costs $7,500:
The surgical procedure weighed in at a hefty $16,000, more than the down payment on a house these days:
Where a picture is worth a thousand words, a picture online is worth a hundred thousand comments, and even more when people are incredulous. Here are some of the comments on Reddit as this story started to work its way across the internet.
From the U.S, where a man’s cousin died because the insurance company wouldn’t pay for treatment any longer:
Another American posts about vaguely abusive medical treatment for her child, and a 2 grand juice box:
In countries where the standard of living is higher and the cost of living is lower, it is confusing as to why Americans pay so much in medical expenses. After all, ‘best’ medical care does not necessarily mean ‘most expensive’.