越来越多美国人选择去国外看病,原因是……没有医保?

国外新闻 admin 浏览 评论

  据BBC报道,出国看病的美国人每年都在增加,2000年,有29.5万美国人出国看病,而到了2017年,人数涨到了42.2万,医疗旅游(medical tourism)就这么火起来了。

  来自美国密西西比的Melissa 就是美国出国看病大军的一员,今年早些时候,她去哥斯达黎加 一家私立医院做了膝关节置换手术,现在病情正在恢复当中。

  “出国做这么大的手术,我本来也是很担心的” (Via BBC)

  虽然之前对于出国看病有点疑虑,澳门银河官网娱乐场,但对于此行的经历还是很满意:

  She praises all the staff that treated her.

  她表扬了医院里照顾她的员工。

  "I had a meltdown one day [at the hospital] because of the pain, and the feeling of helplessness," she says. "But the nurses and techs were so sweet and helped to calm me."

  “有一天,(在医院里)我因为疼痛和无助感而感到沮丧,”她说。 “但护士和技术人员非常好心,帮助我平静下来。”

  Via BBC

  而且更重要的是,出去这趟还是给她省了不少钱 :

  She says that her knee operation in Clinica Biblica, Costa Rica's largest private hospital, cost $12,200 (£9,200), compared with around $44,000 in the US.

  Melissa说,她在哥斯达黎加最大的私立医院Clinica Biblicaz做了膝盖手术,费用为12200美元(约81991人民币) ,而如果在美国做的话,花费约为44000美元(约295706人民币)

  Via BBC

  这么看来,价格上的差距可以说是很大了。所以,像Melissa这样选择出国看病,背后的原因也是很无奈:

  While many Americans do so because they don't have health insurance - official figures show that more than 28 million do not - others like Melissa go overseas because their basic cover means that they have to pay a sizeable chunk of any treatment bill.

  许多美国人选择出国看病是因为他们没有医疗保险 。官方数据显示,美国有超过2800万人没有医疗保险,而其他像Melissa这样的人,就算有保险,看任何病都必须自己支付相当大一部分治疗费用。

  Via BBC

  图 Via Getty Images

  而据The Guardian 2018年的一份报道,美国的医疗可以说是世界上最贵的

  高物价让美国医疗成为世界最贵 (Via The Guardian)

  The United States spends twice as much on healthcare as 10 other high-income nations, driven by the high price of everything from prescription drugs to doctors’ salaries, a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association finds.

  《美国医学协会杂志》的一项新研究发现,美国在医疗保健方面的花费是其他10个高收入国家的两倍,造成这一现象的原因包括昂贵的处方药以及医生工资等。

  Via The Guardian

  出于这种原因,出国看病的美国人就越来越多:

  人们正在放弃美国医疗,飞去其他国家寻求付得起的医疗服务 (Via thisisinsider.com)

  The American healthcare system is known for being notoriously expensive. It doesn't help that, according to data collected in 2017 by the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, 11.3% of American s are not able to afford health insurance .

  众所周知,美国医疗价格非常昂贵。更无奈的是,根据盖洛普健康幸福指数 2017年收集的数据,11.3%的美国人买不起 医疗保险

  Even those who do have health insurance often find themselves struggling to pay sky-high medical fees . For example, a Reddit user went viral in 2013 when he posted a photo of the hospital bill he received when he was treated for appendicitis. The total charges came to over $55,000, and even with health insurance, he had to pay over $11,000 out of pocket.

  即使是有医疗保险的人也经常发现自己付不起高昂的医疗费用 。比如,2013年,一名Reddit用户在网上发布了自己接受阑尾炎治疗时收到的医院账单照片,迅速火遍网络。账单总费用超过55000美元,就算是有医疗保险,他也不得不自己支付11000多美元的费用。

  Via thisisinsider.com

  去年6月,美国加利福尼亚一个博主Alyne Tamir 还在网上发布了一条视频,讲述自己去国外看病的经历:

  图 Via Dear Alyne/Facebook

  In the video, Tamir explained it would have cost $1,500 to fix her tooth in the US. Instead, she had her root canal done in Egypt.

  视频中,Tamir解释说,在美国看牙会花费1500美元。于是,她就去埃及做了根管治疗。

  "A nice hotel in Egypt costs around $70 a night," she told INSIDER. "And the actual root canal was only $120. This was at a fancy dentist too; you can definitely get it for way cheaper somewhere else in Egypt."

  在埃及,住一家不错的酒店每晚花费约70美元,”她告诉INSIDER。 “做根管只需要120美元,而且还是一个比较贵的牙医。在埃及,你也完全可以找到其他更便宜的价格。”

  Via VCG

  而且据报道,美国大多数保险公司的保险项目不包含某些牙科项目以及整容 ,其国内的这些医疗项目有又非常贵 ,就有人选择去国外做。