$30,000: Three Days In An Uncomfortable Bed
I really appreciate all of the thoughtful messages I received over the weekend. Either as messages on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. I’m really glad that my thoughts on income disparities resonated with so many people.
Now I want to move on to what is arguably the most important problem in America today, access to medical care.
But before I talk about that, I want to ask if you’d please consider becoming a donor today. It’s critical that folks like you contribute to the causes which you find important. If you think our cause is important please consider donating.
It’s been a hot topic for four American presidencies, and I don’t see it becoming less contentious in the years to come. I’ve got some ideas about how we can make Healthcare work for ALL Americans, but first I’d like to briefly touch on what Healthcare is like in the United States.
I truly hope that you’re in good health, but if you’ve ever been sick enough to need to go to the hospital, or had a problem which necessitated a trip to the emergency room, you know just how quickly the costs rack up.
Here are a few good points collected by MIT Medical for its international community, but I think you’ll agree that these are things every American should know.
$30K!!! Half of or an entire year’s income, for 3 days in the hospital.
Now, that’s an average, but it shows how messed up our current system is. We’re spending more, and getting less.
In the US, since we don’t have “Universal healthcare,” as many other western nations do, we have to rely on a combination of public and private entities for our healthcare needs.
It goes without saying (but I’m gonna say it anyway) that the more money you spend, the better care you get. That’s because the publicly funded programs, Medicaid and Medicare, don’t actually cover many important healthcare expenses.
he current system is flawed, but it can be changed. If you want to be a part of that change, please donate right now, $5, $10, $20, $300, any amount, so that we can bring a new hope for all Americans during the next election.