Interesting case study about medical costs and pricing of medical services in Canada and the US.
I have a friend who insists on travelling abroad uninsured.
While in Canada, he developed appendicitis. Needed urgent scan, urgent surgery, antibiotics. Was admitted to the surgical ward for 3 days. Nursing care, labs, etc… Total medical bill = 2800$CAN, about 2200$US.
A year later, in the US, that same buddy went to the ER for a kidney stone. Was not admitted (stayed in the ER), got a scan, labs. Left after 6h after the stone passed spontaneously. No meds needed. Barely saw the doc. Total medical medical bill = 19 500$US