By now most everyone has heard of the $60 Dixie cups and $500 saline (salt water) drips that have been serving to drive up health care bills. But for Josh Sundquist, a man who’s youth involved a substantial amount of medical care, the topic novelty of these sorts of issues struck a deeper chord. So deep, he produced a video breaking down the insane costs of American health care.
In the course of his research, Josh found that many of the price increases for US medical care, when compared to those in other countries, were utterly insane. Taking for example the common operation of a hip replacement, Josh discovered that for the costs of one here, he would be able to afford round trip airfare to Spain, a year’s worth of living expenses and have enough left to receive the same surgery twice over.
Though he does make sure to point out that the litigious nature of American society does account for 10% of medical spending domestically as a result of malpractice lawsuits, the gross spending disparities between the US and other nations which enjoy publicly funded single payer health care stand to reason as being solely the result of the profiteering and business models in practice throughout our medical system. Furthermore tort reform efforts to address malpractice lawsuits, such as in Florida and Texas have had less than stellar results, with most ending merely serving to protect larger corporate health care establishments which are known to often over test patients in an effort to drive up their bills.
But the nitty-gritty of the health care industry aside, here is Josh Sundquist “dropping some knowledge” on the troubles of the American health care system.