Some Guy Posted His Hospital Bill Online. You'll See Why Everyone's Talking About It.
By viralnova.com / viralnova.com
Dec 31, 2013

A 20 year-old man came down with appendicitis in October of this year. He posted the bill on Reddit and it has gone viral. The US Health Care system is a topic of much debate, not only in the US but around the world. A lot of countries get ‘free’ health care, so needless to say, this has stirred up a lot of conversation.

As if waking up in excruciating pain isn’t enough, this is the bill he received in the mail a couple months later. Take a look:

The original cost was over $55,000. Because the 20 year-old man was on his father’s insurance, the cost was lowered to $11,000.

The original cost was over $55,000. Because the 20 year-old man was on his father's insurance, the cost was lowered to $11,000.

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Which is still an obscenely high bill to pay for such a young man. He was in the Recovery Room for 2 hours and it cost him $7,500.

Which is still an obscenely high bill to pay for such a young man. He was in the Recovery Room for 2 hours and it cost him $7,500.

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The actual surgery cost $16,000.

The actual surgery cost $16,000.

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This bill caused quite an uproar. A lot of citizens of other countries chimed in with their own experiences.

An Australian with appendicitis never even saw a bill.

An Australian with appendicitis never even saw a bill.

 

A Canadian’s mother had foot surgery and her only charge was $60…for cable.

A Canadian's mother had foot surgery and her only charge was $60...for cable.

 

A Malaysian paid the equivalent of $25 for an appendectomy.

A Malaysian paid the equivalent of $25 for an appendectomy.

 

And then other Americans gave their two cents (or hundreds of thousands of dollars):

This American got cancer and had to file for bankruptcy. At age 24.

This American got cancer and had to file for bankruptcy. At age 24.

 

His cousin died because he had reached his “lifetime limit” for treatment. He was 27.

His cousin died because he had reached his "lifetime limit" for treatment. He was 27.

 

$2000 for a night’s stay, a juice box and a pill.

$2000 for a night's stay, a juice box and a pill.

 

We don’t take political sides here in any way, but it’s hard to deny that these costs are absurd. No matter how you think this should be fixed, I think we can all agree that it needs to be.

What’s your opinion? Share this guy’s hospital bill with others.

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Some Guy Posted His Hospital Bill Online. You'll See Why Everyone's Talking About It.