It pays to be American

Abbie Collier, The Cost of Being Healthy

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You need a heart bypass; it costs a shocking $75,000.

You’re an American. In the Netherlands, people only have to pay $15,742.

These numbers comes from The Commonwealth Fund, a private foundation promoting a high-performing health care system in the United States and other industrialized countries. Offices are in New York and Washington D.C.

To reiterate, the U.S. charges a whopping five times the cost of a surgery in the Netherlands.

Almost anywhere else in the world people pay substantially less money for this care, according to Health News Review, a website with the mission of improving the public dialogue about health care.

U.S. citizens are forking out a more money than those of other countries.

This comes hand in hand with the fact that on average, citizens of the United Kingdom like myself, pay a mere $2,800 a year on health costs. These costs come out of each individual’s paycheck each month, and the amount depends on their income. This is miniscule in comparison to almost $10,000 on average here in the U.S, according to The Commonwealth Fund.

The United States is the richest country in the world, yet so many people are struggling to afford their healthcare.

As if surgery costs weren’t shocking enough, prescription drugs are twice as expensive in the U.S. than in the U.K., Australia and Canada, according to the The Commonwealth Fund. The greater costs would be understandable if the products were much better quality, but the truth is, they are exactly the same.

It doesn’t make sense. Something has got to be done to decrease health care costs in the U.S. If other countries can deliver adequate health care at more reasonable prices, then the U.S. should be able to do the same.

Donald J. Trump, presidential nominee for the Republican Party, states that if elected, he will repeal Obamacare, allow for more overseas drug providers through lowered regulatory barriers and institute a full tax deduction for insurance premiums. This is according to Ballotpedia, an online encyclopedia of American politics and elections. Its office is located in Middleton, Wisconsin.

Hillary Clinton, presidential nominee for the Democratic Party, states that if she is elected, she will defend and expand the Affordable Care Act, reduce out-of-pocket cost like copays and deductibles and reduce the cost of prescription drugs.

Both presidential candidates claim they will improve the American health care system and make it more affordable for everyone in the U.S. I hope, for the sake of the country, that this is true.

View Abbie Collier’s blog at The Cost of Being Healthy.

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