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


12/28/2019 2:58 PMupdated: 12/29/2019 12:54 PM


  • Ayoub E.
    11/15/2020 15:23

    I live in north africa, a lower_middle class country, but we do have free & low price stuff including health care, education, etc... But, i guess in the n°1 capitalist country, you have to pay for almost everything because it's possible & easy to get a good income in us.

  • Susan N.
    01/01/2020 01:54

    I have lived in Netherlands and had a baby. Because I had private insurance my medical care was good but those with government insurance were not taken care of as well. Also the philosophy of those countries the fit survive and unfit die. My son was born at 30 weeks and had medical issues. The hospital said to take him home and what happens will happen. After bringing him back to Georgetown University it was found that his esophagus had not fully developed. Think about the fact where do all those country’s people come when they want the best care?

  • Lexie R.
    01/01/2020 01:12

    And people wonder why some women dont have kids.

  • Summer D.
    01/01/2020 00:00

    I was brought to the hospital ER (panic attack) they make me sit down for 4hours to relax. Gave me nothing. Then when I was about to be released they hand me my bill $1,600.00 WOW. Its expensive to sit there. 🇬🇺🇺🇸

  • Sharon G.
    12/31/2019 19:28


  • Suze S.
    12/31/2019 17:53

    I have to pay $5,000 for my deductible 😒. Don’t qualify for nothing

  • Eleesa R.
    12/31/2019 17:34

    you may need to move to the UK?

  • Robin H.
    12/31/2019 16:32

    How about making lobbying by big pharma and insurance companies illegal!

  • Amelia Z.
    12/31/2019 03:58

    Glad I have Medicaid! Covers all my healthcare costs! Do get my medications generic, though.

  • Amelia Z.
    12/31/2019 03:55

    Giving birth at home will help save money. I also know vaginal deliveries cost less than C-sections.

  • Ann M.
    12/31/2019 01:02

    yep that's what obama did for the people!!!! facebook will delete

  • Shelly A.
    12/30/2019 04:45

    So we are paying for our freedom. Pretty much wow just wow

  • Mel O.
    12/29/2019 17:37

    chinese ''visitors'', illegal immigrant and African Americans also benefit from ''FREE CHILD BIRTH''. So, correct the headline.

  • Duenna S.
    12/28/2019 18:42


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