Sick people will do whatever it takes and go wherever they can to get the best treatment if they can afford it.
The world over wants affordable health care. Pay doctors and nurses what ever they deserve IMO. Which is more than they get now. Hospitals charging thousands a day for the bed, meals and nurses and everything else is extra and itemised. (I read once that a bandaid was charged at 15 bucks in a US hospital.) is a disgrace.
I just feel sorry for you up there having to pay so much for insurance that doesnt cover much. I reckon your system of having employer provided insurance is to blame for the high cost of health insurance. Your insurance cost is, in reality deducted from your annual wage. So your system lowers real wages and drives up the cost of healthcare. Rich get richer poor get poorer. Theres your fear and consumption again. Have half the country worried about getting sick and they too worried to worry about anything else.
Drug companies release a cancer drug thats costs 10 grand per month for treatment. The government here applies some formula that no one can understand and subsidises some of these drugs but not others. The drug companies know that this happens, thats why they charge so much. They argue that they have to get back the money they spent on research.
Fair enough, but they expect to get it all back in a couple of years.
So why dont a few Governments combine and research and make cheaper drugs? because its all about money not health. The drug companies spend more on lobbying and advertising and defending law suits brought about by releasing drugs too early in their quest for profits.
By changing one Molecule of a treatment, the clock that was running on the patent is reset to zero. Thats why tablets become capsules, then liquids, then sprays, then disolvable tablets etc. Its not better treatment, its making more money. You cant change an old now unrestricted medicine, like Paracetamol by a Molecule and patent it. You can only make money out of new drugs.
University researchers look back to old medicines that failed and consider what other benefits they might have, thats how Botox came about. Its now "curing" Spasticity and a bloke here is out of his wheelchair for the first time in 20 years thanks to its relaxing his affected muscles.
Theres no cure for cancer apart from surgery in some cases. Some cases fix themselves.Gene research, DNA and all that jazz has now revealed the body fights off cancers all of your life. Ever wonder why you feel crook for a few weeks and the doctor cant find anything wrong? Its your body fighting off another cancer most likely. Just occasionally one forms that your body has no solution to. Thats when it gets diagnosed.
Some people say they get a few extra weeks or months or days by using, taking, doing all sorts of things. Im sure there are as many expensive new drugs that do nothing as do something. You cant complain much if you are 6 foot under. No one can sue. Youd be better off arranging the sale of your corpse back to the drug company for research, get a bit of ya money back. Southern style economics.
We had aone quack here in the 70s, Milan Brich. Started off his miracle cures by having people stand in pits of manure. Then he moved onto all sorts of pills. potions, machines until he was run oout of town and moved to the US did the same thing, got caught and fled to Switaerland where he vanished. No doubt with the millions he made back then.
Some of these modern drug companies are no better than he was.
I want to know what really happens up there if you get sick, say have a hearta in the middle of a mall, spend 14 days in intensive care, 20 days in CCU, 2 weeks in a ward. You have no insurance, you earn 40 grand a year, the bill is $200,000. Do you have to pay it? Can you pay it off? Can you apply for a grant or something? or did they not even bother with CPR?