Animals are DELICIOUS.

Health Care practices in various countries

Here in the US, if you are poor and don't have insurance coverage and you get cancer, you die. Cancer therapy runs in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. Hospitals are required to treat emergency room patients with no money, but they aren't required to keep you after they stitch up your wound. Nor are they required to fix what's wrong with you if you can't pay.

Is this the normal way things are? Is it the same way in other countries? If you don't have coverage and you get sick, you're just out of luck?
Permalink Wondering 
August 13th, 2005
Is this *really* the case in the US? On the one hand, I always hear these fuzzy "the poor are left to die" stories; on the other hand I know my wife's grandmother received good care, though "poor", my sister-in-law had heart and liver transplants on welfare (heart transplant was ten years ago - she's still alive and well), my aunt received massive medical care post-stroke and heart attack....

However, this is purely anecdotal, and I do in fact find it hard to believe everyone who is impoverished receives this level of care. Are there any statistics on people who die for lack of readily available medical care? (i.e. they could have lived, but were denied care for lack of money)

I expect to be horrified by the answer, but would like to know the objective truth.

Philo
Permalink Philo 
August 13th, 2005
Is it possible that in each case you mention, Medicaire or Medicaid paid for the treatments?
Permalink Wondering 
August 13th, 2005
Oops, you found an error!