By Maggie Koerth-Baker at 2:53 pm Wed, Jun 12, 2013
Huff his Canadian fingernails, polishes ‘em on shirt…and says “So, how’s that non-socialized medicine working out for you, eh?”
But…. but… DEATH PANELS!!!11!11!11!1
I suppose that explains the $1,200 bill the emergency ward in Vegas presented me with for X-raying and pressure-bandaging a sprained wrist.
The US is the world leader in doing everything wrong, now.
We’re number 1.
Any countries out there doing it right accepting refugees?
I believe there’s an uninhabited island in the South Pacific that might qualify as ‘doing it right’.
That sounds…awesome. Gimme some coordinates!
Unfortunately, unless you’re a trained doctor, you’ll have to bring one.
A major teaching hospital is a stone’s throw from where I sit, I don’t think that will be an insurmountable obstacle.
No chickens for trade (they’ll have to bring their own), but plenty of coconuts.
Even the smaller islands have tightened up immigration rules.
It’s not just out-of-network. I’ve had the (not) joy of being in the ER multiple times in the last 6 months. Every time I’ve been in, they’ve automatically slapped in an IV and given me a bag of fluids – before making any diagnoses. Last time I finally joked with the offical blood sucker about the oddity (as opposed to less mercenary hospital systems), and she said it was policy, regardless of complaint or insurance status. Since not everyone is going to need the treatment, it just seems like yet another way to pad the bill.
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