‘Our medical insurance world is so fucked up right now.’ The marketisation of compassion and responsibility

‘Our medical insurance world is so fucked up right now.’ The marketisation of compassion and responsibility

My view of blogs is simple, write when you feel you have something to say or when something you read triggers that need.  Here’s the trigger, it was written by Hannah Middlebrook of Tulsa.

After reading this morning’s terrible news, it struck me my friends in the UK need to hear something many Brits may not have considered. If the Manchester Arena bombing had happened in the US, every family with a dead or injured member would begin receiving bills in the coming days. Parents who lost their children would get a detailed and unadorned list of services provided by the medics that tried to save their relations’ lives. And they would be expected to start making payments immediately.

While they mourned heartbreaking losses, American families would be billed for the ambulance rides, morphine, CPR, anaesthesia. They would be expected to pony up for surgeries that were unsuccessful, medication that didn’t work, and the time the anaesthesiologist spent trying to keep their children comfortable during major procedures. They would continue to receive those bills for month upon month after the death of their children. Read more