Have you ever seen a television commercial asking for money for wounded veterans? How about a website or local television station asking the public to donate to a fund set up for a sick or injured person, or child with a severe birth defect?
America has the most expensive and least effective health care system in the world.
America also has the only profit-driven health care system in the industrialized world. Those are the facts. They are also the reason why so many Americans have to use a variety of fundraising methods to pay for health care.
The question many Americans are either unwilling or unable to answer is why doesn’t the richest nation on earth have enough money to take care of it’s wounded veterans? And why should any child or adult have to start a public fundraiser for money for medical care? Or suffer because they don’t have enough money?
Considering the size of some medical bills, it’s not surprising that most people could not afford to pay for care without insurance.
Whether politicians care to admit it or not, health care is a privilege in America, and it is rationed based on ability to either pay for care directly or via insurance. If you are lacking one of those two privileges, it can cost you your life.
As Think Progress notes:
Charlene Dill, a 32-year-old mother of three, collapsed and died on a stranger’s floor at the end of March. She was at an appointment to try to sell a vacuum cleaner, one of the three part-time jobs that she worked to try to make ends meet for her family. Her death was a result of a documented heart condition — and it could have been prevented.
Dill was uninsured, and she went years without the care she needed to address her chronic conditions because she couldn’t afford it.
Unfortunately, Charlene Dill is not the only American who died from health care rationing based on ability to pay. As CNN reports,
A national health care consumer advocacy group estimates that three Americans die every hour as a result of not having health insurance. According to “Dying for Coverage,” the latest report by Families USA, 72 Americans die each day, 500 Americans die every week and approximately Americans 2,175 die each month, due to lack of health insurance.”
Regardless of the political rhetoric, there is a harsh reality about the American health care system. Those with money and insurance can get it, and those who don’t can die.