How Much I PAY at a Japanese Hospital on Japan’s Healthcare System

So in this video I wanted to talk about Japanese healthcare medical costs and my experience in the last 15 years living in Japan So the other day my wife Maiko told me that she had to go to the doctor because she had a cold I asked her didn’t you just go like a few days ago He said yeah, but that was for a skin rash and then I asked didn’t he go a week before that? And she said yeah, but that’s different that was for a stomachache for me. Someone that grew up in the States That’s kind of a lot of doctor visits I might go for a severe skin rash but not for a cold or a stomachache which got me thinking about Japanese healthcare in general and why people in Japan go to the doctor so much Compared to other countries like the US I mean, how is it in your country? Does everyone go to the doctor for every little minor ailment and with the reasoning behind it? anyway, let me explain the basic Japanese healthcare system for Those of you who don’t know Japan was ranked 11th out of 195 countries in Haq rankings The Japanese healthcare system is considered universal because it’s supposed to cover everyone in Japan So anyone living in the country even a foreigner like myself have to pay into the system So insurance covers 70 to 90 percent of all necessary doctor visits and one of the things I appreciate About the Japan healthcare system is you don’t have to pay the full amount of your medical bill up front and then later fill out Some paperwork to claim a refund perfect for someone like me who hates paperwork So all you need to do when you arrive at the hospital clinic is show your health care card actually I have one in my pocket right now Actually, I don’t have it but today right here it is It has all my information so I can’t actually show you what’s inside But I pretty much carry around with me everywhere Just in case you never know and so it’s nice at the end of your visit The hospital will calculate how much you need to pay and you’re good to go. And to be honest. It’s surprisingly cheap I’ll get into the actual cost in a few moments So again people only pay about 30% of the total hospital bill and sometimes it can be reduced down to 10% Depending on other reasons and your monthly health insurance varies depending on your age income type of work and Where you live and there are three main health care systems in Japan one per company employs two for civil servants teachers and public workers And the third insurance for everyone else. They all have pretty much the same coverage But if you’re an employee the company has to pay half of your health insurance, which is awesome for most Japanese people So for example, let’s do this in u.s. Dollars So it’s easier to reference if you’re under thirty nine years old and you work a regular job in Tokyo and you make twenty four Hundred dollars a month you only pay one hundred and twenty dollars for your insurance Now if you make five thousand dollars you pay about three hundred and fifty dollars And so you’re making the big bucks into making ten thousand dollars a month You’re paying about five hundred and twenty five dollars in insurance. I don’t know. I think that’s pretty reasonable What do you guys think? and how much do you guys pay for your monthly health care insurance and now go to the point and Michael goes to the hospital. So many times here are some regular doctor visits that I’ve had So my knee was bothering me after playing some basketball I went to the doctor for an examination and got three x-rays The total fee was eleven dollars and the three x-rays only cost two dollars and fifty cents another time I had a doctor Consultation to pick up some medication and only cut those three dollars and fifty cents to consult with the doctor Can you guys see now why Michael goes to the doctor so much? It’s just so cheap relatively speaking knowing those numbers It makes so much more sense to me why Japanese people? Go to the hospital and go to the clinic for every little sickness or illness or whatever happens. They just go see the doctor another perk about having company health insurance is that they offer free annual health checkups It’s funny though because health examinations become a yearly talking point for many Japanese employees employees ask each other and if they’ve taken it yet regardless You know, it’s that time of the year because you get spammed by HR telling you to take your test So anyway, let me break it down. So the basic annual health exam is called the cane coaching done again It’s free for most employees the exam checks things like your eyesight hearing blood chest x-rays urinalysis, etc Just to make sure your body is working as it should and if anything is out of whack You can catch it early on there’s actually a more comprehensive exam that’s called the mean game doc It’s free if you’re on the company insurance and you’re over 35 years old these additional tests include things like Respiratory function stool tests more detailed bloodwork, etc Then you can add extra examinations on top of these at your own in my case. I wanted how to really check things out So I actually got CT scans for my head and chest this set me back three hundred and twenty dollars But if you just took the standard examinations and you’re on the company insurance, then it’s all free to me. That’s pretty amazing But what do you guys think? How much would these examinations constant your country? All right Now, let me talk about something a little more serious I haven’t mentioned this before but in 2012, I was in the city of snowboarding accident here in Japan I ended up with internal organ damage a collapsed lung a broken hip nine broken ribs. It caused an aortic aneurysm I ended up in the emergency room in Nagano of all places and I was in the ICU for about twenty days Now how much do you guys think that hospital bill would come to well It came out cheaper than I’d ever expected. It only costs $1,500 to save my life, which I’m super thankful for and then after about twenty days at Nagano I was transferred into a hospital in Tokyo I spent about another 40 days in an atom to tokyo hospital and I had to have open-heart Surgery for my aortic aneurysm heads up end of the day the open-heart surgery and the 40-day stay in the hospital and came out to be $4,800 it felt quite expensive at the time but compared to other parts of the world and the quality of health care I received here in Japan. It was so worth it in fact Another feature of the Japanese health care system is something called major medical expense supply which basically means that if your monthly medical bills get to a certain threshold then the Government will pay you back some of the money this pretty much ensures that no one goes bankrupt If they get sick here in Japan, which like is another cool thing, but luckily in my case I never got to that point. So in my previous video you probably already know Michael and I recently got married I have American citizenship. So we’ve actually considered moving back to the States but one of the scary things for us is the u.s Health care, especially now that we’re thinking about starting a family the thing is I have a friend in the u.s That was recently hospitalized He wasn’t feeling well, I got really sad and had to spend seven days in the hospital so they could run tests And so that he could recover the medical bill after the entire ordeal cost seventy thousand dollars for those seven days That’s ten thousand dollars per day. That’s insane. There’s no way I’d be able to afford getting sick in the u.s let alone my family probably the reason why I never went to the Doctor when I was growing up for a cold or even a stomachache it was just way too expensive and probably the reason why my Co although she was healthy growing up has so many memories of always visiting the doctor so anyway Let me know what you guys think of the medical cost in Japan what you think about the health care system? Here compared to your country and let me know if you prefer over in your country and like always if you like this video help Me out and hit that like button if you want to see what I’m doing on a daily basis check out my Instagram account If you like these types of videos about Japan Or you want to see more of my guides hit that subscribe button and the Bell button and I’ll catch you guys in the next one

100 thoughts on “How Much I PAY at a Japanese Hospital on Japan’s Healthcare System

  1. Holy shit. Why in the HELL would you want to move to the US from Japan???!?!!! I admire Japan and it's culture VERY much. Regimented and responsible.

  2. I'm American. The medical industry sucks here. Many things suck here. My recommendation is to stay in Japan.

  3. In Australia we have national health care. If you are citizens then u have Medicare Cards, which cover a lots of doctors and public hospitals. It does not cover "Extra" health services such as dentist and special therapies. So for free you have to use public hospital and go to doctors who fully charge their services via Medicare. You just walk in there and scan ur Medicare card and that's it. If you want to go to private hospital or use a specific doctor who happens to charge extra on top of what Medicare covers, then you pay the extra by yourself or via your own private health care. Most peole would just use Medicare cards and joins a "extra" covers for dentists, optometrists etc.. which can cost btw $aud 60 – 200 a month depends on the cover levels.

  4. Here in America shaking the doctor's hand when you first meet costs about $1300.

    And if you're thinking about having kids? Don't do it in an America hospital 1. The chances of complications are higher here than a lot of other countries
    2. Depending on where you go it can cost anywhere from $10,000 to $80,000 depending on said complications.

  5. In Canada, people usually try not to go even though it’s free. You still have to miss work which is highly discouraged. In fact I always found your employer would be mad if you called in sick, even to go to the doctor. So I find people go to the doctor when something is chronically wrong or for prescriptions. For example: kidney stones, infections, birth control. People go to the hospital for broken bones, car accidents, and to have a baby.

  6. I've been watching your videos for a while and in your place I'd stay in Japan forever; besides healthcare, it's a much better environment where rules are actually respected and the government does have the population in mind in their decisions

  7. in malaysia, they give panadol (paracetamol) for everything. cold? panadol. fever? panadol. headache? panadol. hotel? panadol.

  8. hello there, im from austria (cows not kangaroos), we have a universal health care, u get a cut to your monthly paycheck for medical insurance. its pretty cheap compared to other countrys like the U.S. if u get sick and go to the doctor is costs nothing, even though if u need to go to the hospital everything is covered.

  9. i dont understand why denmark is not in the HAQ list, our healthcare is free, only need to pay for medication which we also get prices lowered

  10. In California I can barley pay for my health insurance every month and I definitely can't afford to actually go to the doctor.

  11. In Indonesia we paid universal insurance that cost $10 per month. We got free healthcare but medical facility is still limited to handle enormous number of people here.

  12. I think japans system is great because one bill is really small if you need something like x-ray you don't have to think even if you have small salary can you pay it. In my country we also have healthcarec system. One doctors visit costs more like 30$ and you have to pay it three times in a year (so three visits and three bills) if you have to go fourth time in a year you don't pay it anymore. This is doctors visits only, no hospitals or anything. If you have to go to hospital you pay what treatments you get there and how long you stay but only up to certain amount (I think it's something a bit under 800$ in a year). So if you are sick a lot and need lot's of treatments this is most you have to pay in a year.

  13. If I go to the hospital here in Canada or my family doctor for that matter it costs me nothing. I pay a monthly premium through my employer and is required to have. The only thing I pay for is medication. My insurance covers 80% so all I pay is 20% or basically a dispensing fee. Even before I had healthcare insurance through my employer I had my own personal one which had the same benefits. I just had shoulder surgery, acromioplasty along with a small rotator cuff tea. This whole thing only cost me 20% of the cost of the immobilizer that I had to wear for 5 weeks. If this was in the states, it would have been around 20-30000……sad

  14. Good health insurance. here in America we prefer to let the poor die…of course burying someone cost at least $10,000 (not counting a grave marker) so I am sure we will come up with a cheaper way to get rid of bodies…maybe we cold turn them in to food

  15. Many jobs here in the US also want to take you off the company insurance so they don't have to pay for you. They also want to cut your hours so you can pay three times what full time pays right now I pay 180 a month but if I was admitted to the hospital the bill would still be up to $5000

  16. I think it would've cost about $800-900. $4800 would be enough to bankrupt a young person, but I guess as you mentioned, japan has a system in place where such a situation won't happen.
    If you earn about $3,2k/month, you pay around $300/month for "insurance" (just taxes).

  17. In Belgium, everyone has to pay for health mutual, mine is 11€/month This amount is charged depending the services you get form the Mutual, not your age, income or other personnal whereabouts, it goes from 7-8€ to 20€/month. This takes care of all hospital bills and others injuries. But you do have to pay the required minimum, upfront or not depending, in general it costs to the patient less than 10% of the bill.

    For example: visit to the doctor, I pay upfront ~25€ and I get 23 back from the mutual.

    I did suscribed a health insurance that costs ~25€/month, that covers all my hospitals bills in private room, free of any upfront payement that covers up to 100% of the bills.

  18. I've had two hospitalizations this year. One in May for 2 weeks, then one I'm still in for going back to June 9th, both for severe cardiac issues. As of this comment tomorrow will be 2 months of being hospitalized for me and I know without insurance, the bill would probably be over $30,000.

  19. In New Zealand most doctors visits are heavily subsided. Hospital visits – treatments generally free. An injury or accident like yours, treatment is free. While recovering from said injury, you get about 2/3rds of your normal salary.

  20. Your accident only set you back $6300? thats actually insane. pretty sure here in the states that would run you 150k+

  21. Man… America is screwed up. I just spent $2k for a relatively minor outpatient surgery AFTER INSURANCE. Meanwhile you literally spent over a month in the hospital, had tests and surgery and hardly payed anything!

    Our healthcare system is out of control expensive.

    My family literally ran out of money trying to treat my mom’s cancer and she passed away because we simply could not afford the care that might have extended her life.

  22. Move to Canada health care is free.

    Hell to Russia they have free health care as well.

    USA is a backwater corrupt nation that only cares about the rich.

  23. I spent week in Denmark at the hospital, ambulance transport, cardiac monitoring, MRI, CT, every day labs… No bill was ever received. I was working there at the time. Paying 48% income tax felt good afterwards, as you still get more "bang for the buck"

  24. That's.. expensive. Going to the doc was cheap, but the insurance you have to pay? Thats a lot per year and something you're forced to pay even though you dont have to go. I mean living in Norway, which I guess is on line with Japan in living costs/salary, or I guess Norway is higher in living cost in general. We pay about $15 for a doctors visit, and about $20-30 for other things.

    However we don't have to pay any insurance. Only insurance we have is through work if accidents were to happen or while you travel outside the country. Not even sure why we even have insurance through our employer, since we have our own insurance card given to us by the government for free if we are abroad, the government will cover the costs of this.

    On top of that everything is free after spending more than around $230 per year, except medications you pick up at the pharmacy. A lot of medication is also on something we call "blue list", meaning that they're free no matter what.

  25. In Canada I pay about 180 a month for both my wife and I, but i have 100% coverage on dental, prescription, pharmacy and other benefits. Also going to the doctors is free. Surgery and hospital time are free (long waiting period if not emergency surgery). I can't however ask for a CT scan without a referral.

  26. Bro you’re lucky, Here in the US with that heart surgery and injuries you had you probably go bankrupt as soon as you exit the hospital.
    That’s what hospitals are for to prevent from you getting sick/cancer…..that’s why here alots of people die because when they get to the hospital/doctor is to late. People are afraid of hospitals bills here.

    Stupid people here bitchin about socialism. no morons is not about socialism is about having a chance of not going bankrupt or having a chance of surviving.
    Last time I checked Japan isn’t a socialist country.

    Thanks bro for the video I hope those people against “socialism” get educated.

  27. the american doctors over charges for surgery equipment such as scissors used in the operating room costing 500.00. Also the american health insurance premium are too expensive for people who are elderly and on fixed income. Someone needs to fix this problem . or you will be paying for a 500.00 scissor , and go broke paying for the health insurance.

  28. I am Italian and I see so many people in my country complaining about the healthcare system, but It is so nice in my opinion. I never had a problem and almost everything is totally free (obviously it's payed by our taxes, but nothing to pay in excess). It is true that for some kind of surgeries you may have long que and so you may be better off going private in some cases, but I absolutely love my country and Its healthcare system

  29. In the US, u have to decide to buy 40 iPhone Xs Max and airpods or have a cold

    Idk about the US because I'm in the free health oh sorry I mean UK

  30. Thanks for the informative video? For foreigners who is planning to move to Japan, how soon can the insurance start after the move, if there is no prior income from Japan?

  31. Wow. I had heart surgery when I was 4 years old and it was more than 70 k back in the 80's. I asked my mom, who lived under the poverty line how she payed for that. She said it was a charity that payed for my surgery. Charity had to step up, because the health care cost in the U.S. is so bad…

  32. Dude! Don’t come back! I think that Japan would be a better choice. Healthcare sounds amazing there and if you’re serious about children, then from my opinion, japan seems like it has better values. You’re children would probably be safer there. And you’re in the place that slot of us would love to live in.

  33. I want to ask. If I would want to wistit US for couple of days or weeks and I would have travel insurence or medical insurence and something happens, for say I break my leg or something else, will it be covered or would I need to pay these astronomical sums? Perhaps if someone could advice best medical insurence for the trip, btw Im form europe.

  34. There seems to be a lot of misconceptions about healthcare in the US and how expensive it is.

    Many others from a lot of other countries are saying how their healthcare is free, it isn't… You're simply paying for it through taxes. We pay medicare and medicaid tax in the US, but with my income, which is well above average, I only pay about 100$ into both every paycheck. Many other countries this contribution is much higher, especially if you include the other taxes. Some countries total tax rate per paycheck is upwards of 50%, I typically only pay about 34% of my check in taxes.

    Healthcare services in the US seem expensive, and they are if you are under or uninsured. Our physicians, nurses, ect.. are the best compensated in the WORLD. The US pilots more research and experimental treatments than any other country, and its thanks to these healthcare professionals. If you are on state sponsored healthcare (Medicaid) your co-payment for anything, including a hospital stay, is 2$. Thats it.

    The reason healthcare costs have soared in the US a mix between several factors. The largest of these factors is failure to pay by individuals. That's right, those that can afford health insurance are paying off the debts of those that cant. Physicians and other healthcare professionals need to be compensated for their services and their dedication to the field.

    Another thing to consider is that Medicare and Medicaid isn't under-funded, its that individuals under these plans are misusing healthcare resources. People are visiting the emergency department, which is reserved for emergencies, for things such as ingrown toenails, colds, and minor injuries that do not require significant treatment. The government insurance has to pay for these largely un-necessary visits and this drives up prices and decreases the budget across the board for these health plans. Its the US people who are impacting the cost of healthcare in this regard.

    Private employers are required to sponsor health insurance for their employees if the company employs a certain number of individuals. If you choose not to be on your employers plan, that's your choice, but if you don't have insurance expect to pay big money for healthcare services.

    There are plenty of resources in every city for access to free or reduced cost access to healthcare. These model other countries and have large wait times but you could pay as little as 20$ to see a doctor and get a prescription without health insurance. Not sure how much cheaper you want to go, unless you're looking for a free handout. This is the US, capitalist country, and land of the free. We are afforded more rights than any other country. Just some things to consider.

  35. It all depends on your insurance in the US. If you work for an employer with a decent health plan your maximum out of pocket expense per year will be a few thousand dollars per person. My spouse ran up a massive bill (over $80,000) and I paid $3500. A lot of people have no insurance, or insurance plans with very high max out of pocket limits.

    A newer development is plans that have a health savings account attached, you and your employer both put money into the account, and you pay your expenses with it. There’s still a (higher) maximum out of pocket limit, but it’s somewhat compensated by the contributions made by the employer.

    Unless you go to work for a generous employer in the US you are probably better off in Japan if you get sick.

  36. Paolo in Finland we have free health care (okay you have to pay some money but not much). I have had a hand surgery where they inserted a metal plate and 6 screws in to my hand. I paid only 27,50 euros for the surgery.

  37. Everyone goes to the doctor here when I'll A because it's free for general minor stuff or if you just need a prescription for something and B because most workplaces require a doctor's note if you take unplanned sick leave.

  38. here in Kuwait (a country in the Middle East) the healthcare is free for all citizens even for major operations such as heart or cancer treatments. for non citizens it costs cheap like 3 USD for a quick checkup and the common medicine like Panadol or other cold and flu tablets are given free

  39. In Germany, we also have a universal healthcare for everyone. You have to pay a part of your income to one of the carriers here in Germany. If you're unemployed the country Germany will take care for you. The best thing about this system is the amount of care included. If you want to see a doctor for a cold or something like this you will pay a small amount for healthcare and every medication is supported. The maximum you have to pay for medicine is 5€ everything over 5€ will be payed by the insurance company. Also, big things like your long stay in hospital will come up with no extra costs at all. But you can pay to get better services like a 1 bedroom instead of the standard 2 bedroom. All in all I am glad to have such a system and it should be normal everywhere. But to give a relation to the cost I pay around 150€ for the healthcare part per month and an additional 150€ for pension pay and an insurance against

    unemployment. But in my opinion its worth it.

  40. Why should the monthly rate vary based on income. A prime example of rich supporting the deadbeat poor. It is proven that lower income abuse and use healthcare more. Thus they should pay more. Or have a flat universal rate.

  41. Germany here.. been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and had to stay for 2 weeks in the hospital, due to my condition and treatment /medication

    Cost me 10 euro for each day adding up to 140, everything included (scans, food, services, appointments, treatment, etc.)

  42. In Australia many doctors visits are free , if the doctor bulk bills- you can choose to go to a bulk billing practice or if you prefer you can go to a doctor who charges outside the medicare fee, same goes for most x-rays pathology etc it can be free if you go to a bulk billing practice, or you can go to one of your choice that has an extra fee on top of the medicare rebate which usually means you would pay roughly an extra $20 give or take a few dollars. Bulk billing practices are usually busier but they still provide perfectly good care ! If you need surgery you may have to wait awhile until your name comes up and that could be bad, or you could pay for healthcare cover which isn't cheap but is advisable if you think you may need surgeries for an ongoing medical condition etc… then you get to have your surgey when you choose and with your doctor of choice, you usually do have to pay a gap amount usually a couple hundred at most for the total surgery and hopsital stay but the rest of the bill willbe covered by the health fund .

  43. I live in the Basque Country (north of Spain).. I've never paid a penny for a doctor visit, treatment and some of medicaments are free as well…

  44. Here in Chile if you don't have private insurance you pay a lot depending of the hospital/clinic and so on, not like in USA or something like that but for the income here is a lot.
    I am going for snowboarding in two days….did you attached a rocket to your snowboard? Holy crap…that's a lotaa damaaaage 😨

  45. My daughter broker her arm when she was young and it cost around $25,000 for an ambulance ride, 1 night stay and surgery to put pins in her arm. The health care in US is messed up.

  46. wow its nice there :), here in romania you pay most bills, many dont get insurance because its to costly and i dont even know if we have any…. and the price it depends on what you have, if its minor you dont need to pay but you need to stay long hours in line for a checkup thats why many dont go….

  47. So if you are covered 70% you still owe 30% which could be alot.
    We have many different types of insurance in America, depending on your plan.
    Some are 100% covered, while the Obama ones are only 80% or a 6000 dollar deductible.
    I agree that it can be out of control, but still want freedom of choice.
    Nothing is free.
    How much taxes do you pay for health care?

  48. Wow that is incredible! Maybe I need to move to Japan. Not that I need to see the doctor a lot, but better to have it and not need it right?

  49. in U.S…if you are either super rich or super poor then it might ok to visit hospital…but depends on which state you live now…some state doesn't help poor people no medicaid anymore….Midclass people pays lots even though they have health insurance…my mother is over 90 years old and her medical insurance is covered by government so she pay just little of copayment including dentist…and over 40 years old, once a year you can go to local clinic and check your health condition even though you are fine and covered by government health system…anyway, Japanese health system is one of best i think in the world….not like US…

  50. Please don't get unnecessary CT scans of your chest and head. That's a rather large dose of radiation for a low pretest probability.

  51. August 15, 2019 Alta Bates Hospital in Berkeley, California is closing (or gradually in the next ten years). This was discussed on the radio show called 'Forum' on KQED 88.5 FM in San Francisco, California. This hospital was named after a nurse, Alta Bates, who served in the Civil War. About two students a day arrive by ambulance from U.C. Berkeley, it was said on the show. The ambulance (and for everyone up and down the 80 Freeway corridor) will have to go to Oakland hospital or join Kaiser (which is very expensive and has a mixed track record over the decades). I've heard that Kaiser is good for the most serious, chronic conditions, but for everything else it is too expensive, and there is too much waiting time. Volunteers run a traveling medical program called RAM Remote Access Medicine, discovered by accident by a medical insurance executive, Wendell Potter, while visiting his parents in his rural home town. This made him quit his job, become an activist and author and go on 60 Minutes. Ideally, you should try to translate all his speeches and books into Japanese. Prepare yourself for Americans trying to topple and replace your health care insurance program with the USA 'choices.' The KQED Forum show also mentioned that about 30 hospitals a year have been closing since about 1980 because it is all profit motive decision making.

  52. But but… But they told me that if the government use taxes to help you pay Heath care the country automatically become socialist…

  53. My son was 6 weeks when he was in the hospital for 2 weeks for kidney and liver problems. After he was let out they sent us the bill and it was 47 thousand. Thankfully he had medicaid to cover it. Then I had my gallbladder removed a few years ago. 4 days at the hospital was 18k in total. It sucks here when it's cheaper to just go ahead and die.

  54. free here in Canada. Problem with systems like the US is that it is a country based solely upon making as much money as possible and looking after #1. There is no social responsibility and welfare for the overall well being of its citizens which in turn creates and fuels a better country.

  55. While other countries are improving their healthcare system and trying to keep their citizens alive US citizens will call anyone who wants anything other than what we have now a commie, socialist, traitor whatever and will call them lazy, poor, leechers, etc. Hilarious how people say they are "true Americans" when they tell other Americans to go fuck themselves when they need help.

  56. In Canada, we call it MSP, I’m trying to know the term of it but what it is, when you have MSP for medical, your company and lots of companies in Canada pays 80/20 or 90/10. The smaller is what you pay but it’s not big, only depends on what happened. We have free healthcare, it’s still pricey but the MSP covers majority of it or it covers all of it. Getting medication is expensive but only what you need. Every province and territory has provincial health care so it’s a big benefit to have and if you have a good paid job, there are lots of chances that you don’t pay a cent. If I missed something, someone correct me or add on to what I said!

  57. When you are paying $6300 for such a severe injury, and a super long stay in the hospital. I implant one tooth in the US and have to pay $1000 after the cover with insurance.

  58. In Canada it’s free to go to the doctor for anything (with citizenship), X-rays, mri, ultrasounds, blood tests is all free

    It only costs money for medication and certain treatments
    But my mom was too lazy to bring me when I was a kid so we wouldn’t go unless I was dying

  59. If you get hospitalized in germany you have to pay 10€ per day. But maximum they can charge you is for 15 days no matter how long you stay in hospital. Gotta love our healthcare system. Also your workplace has to pay you even if you are sick for 6 weeks. And even after the 6 weeks you get so called krankengeld from your health insurance which is 67% of your gross monthly income. I think we together with canada have the most social healtcare system.

  60. We also have this pay your share and use it in need system.Government run.Sometimes a pain in time (I waited almost 2-3 hours in in 1-2 times for an examination or getting a series of labor tests before my knee surgery), but you must no pay a dime.And it is a military hospital though.Even my LCA replacement /plastica were "free" (actually me and mostly my employer is paying a fee monthly, so I make the system pay now) with 1.5 weeks in the hospital.Not a Hilton , but with proper conditions.And this is what really matters.

  61. Health care in the US makes almost anywhere look like paradise.

    In Canada, I can go to the doctor whenever and never pay a cent. A serious health problem or accident will cost nothing except (almost ironically) the ambulance…

    That said, each province varies a little bit and there are a few exceptions (dentists and optometrists aren't covered).

  62. My husband had a ruptured appendix . This was about 18 years ago. He was in the hospital for 12 days. It was almost 20 grand. Thankfully I had great insurance through my work and we had to just pay the 300 dollar deductible. I see many people going into debt over medical Bill's. The insurance I have now definitely not great and I try not to go to doctors too often because I cant afford the copay and medications.

  63. I'm a doctor in Italy. In public hospitals you just pay a ticket(a little tax depending on which service you need( 0-200,euros). In case of severe conditions there is nothing to pay.

  64. Wow that's freaking cheap. Only $4800 for open heart surgery??? I paid more than that just for the damn tests on my heart. Maybe I should move to Japan

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