What You Pay For

NGM Blog Central – The Cost of Care – National Geographic Magazine – NGM.com

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That skinny orange line with the steep negative slope? That’s us.

Anyone who sat through (and stayed awake during) a cultural competence class during basic sciences could tell you that certain US citizens get an even worse deal for their dollars when it comes to health care. Note Japan’s line, however. You may have to bring your own sheets to the hospital* but at least you don’t have to worry about the bill when you get home.

*Fortunately, I was never hospitalized while I was living in Japan (although I did avail myself of the affordable national health care several times for minor maladies) but a friend of mine was and apparently, one’s family members/friends are expected to bring the bed dressings, toiletries and clothing if one is admitted.

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