US vs. The World: Health Care

Childbirth in the U.S. can cost up to $32K. But in at least six countries, it’s free. And that’s not even the most striking difference...

The cost of healthcare in the U.S. vs. around the world

**Giving birth **

According to Childbirth Connection/IFHP an average baby delivery costs between $10K and $32K in the U.S. Meanwhile a royal baby delivery at the private Lindo Wing Maternity Hospital in London is estimated at $18K, which is less than the price-tag for many non-royal American babies. Out-of-pocket costs for childbirth average at $3,400 in the U.S. as stated in Insider. But new mothers pay nothing in France, U.K., Australia, Germany, Spain and Mexico.


As drug prices skyrocket, many Americans living with diabetes struggle to afford life-saving insulin. 1 in 4 people with diabetes report they ration insulin because of the high cost as reported by JAMA. Americans have been organizing caravans to buy the medicine in neighboring countries where insulin can be bought up to 10x cheaper as reported by T1 International.

A day in hospital

How far would you go to get the best care for yourself or your family? It could cost up to $5220 in the U.S., $631 in South Africa, $424 in Spain as stated in the IFHP.

HIV medication

While effective treatment for HIV was available globally in the form of antiretroviral therapy (ART). A supply of HIV prevention drug Truvada can cost up to $20,000 a year in the U.S. In Africa, a generic version of the drug goes for about $60 a year. Truvada has patent protection in the United States and in the rest of the world it is a generic.

A heart bypass operation

A heart bypass is a surgical procedure where an artery or vein that feeds blood to the heart is redirected around an internal blockage in the vein or artery. Priced at $75,345 in the U.S., $15,742 in the Netherlands and $36,509 in Switzerland