The Cost of Breast Cancer: How I Coped With a Terminal Diagnosis:
$1,260,000.00 for this woman to treat breast cancer.
How many of you know that only about 0.5% of Americans could come up with that much cash?
How many of you know that around 50 million Americans have no health insurance? If these people get sick like this, they would either get no treatment, or sub standard treatment with a low chance of remission, or treatment paid for by your tax dollars and mine through private for-profit providers with the profit going to Wall Street.
How many of you know that a large percentage people with insurance would have to pay $10-15,000 out of pocket - Do you have that much cash lying around?
How many of you know that a large percentage of people with insurance have caps of $100-500,000 in lifetime benefits, so they still couldn't pay for this treatment?
How many of you know that we are the only Western nation where people aren't guaranteed access to health care, that we pay far more than nations that have universal health care, and that our outcomes are worse than theirs?
How many of you know that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act fixes all of this?