Ambulance call out? $2,500. Childbirth? $30,000.
— PoliticsJOE (@PoliticsJOE_UK) December 3, 2019
Courtesy of Common Dreams:
Britons in a video released Tuesday expressed incredulity and shock at the high cost of healthcare in the United States and thanked the United Kingdom’s publicly-funded and administered National Health Service for sparing the country’s people such exorbitant prices.
“So if you’re poor, you’re dead,” one young woman tells the interviewer from Joe Politics after hearing an asthma inhaler in the for-profit U.S. system costs between $250 and $300.
Two different men appear shocked when told Americans can be charged $2,500 for an ambulance ride.
“For real?” one asks. “Why?” asks another.
“I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again,” tweeted historian David Walsh, “the cost of American healthcare is literally unimaginable to most British people.”
The person-on-the-street interviews that make up the four minute video come in the wake of reports in late November that the ruling Conservative Party, which faces off against left-leaning Labour on December 12 in national elections, is planning on opening the U.K.’s health system to a more U.S. approach after leaving the European Union.
America has the most expensive health care on the planet.
In fact it is so incredibly punitive on those who access it that people in other countries find it almost impossible to fathom.
So yeah, we need universal health care. And we need it, and deserve it, now.