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

1 comment

  • Jason R.
    04/11/2020 22:24

    You have to remember a few things...all the countries costs that you are portraying are in areas that have a very very very small population compared with the even if we are taxed to death, which we are, it will never be enough so everyone will have healthcare at an affordable rate...why because we are a capitalist country....greed and money drive people and the should be a crime when human needs, ie health, water,electricity and gas aren't regulated and greed is the name of the game....capitalism and medicine should NEVER be used together....along with that is insurance companies...also you can't be giving everyone benefits until ALL Americans are taken care will never change if we don't meet in the middle and if we allow the dems elite kkk mentality or the neo nazi right wing christian idiots to fear us to become what they want us to be....we are doomed unless everyone wakes up...thx for your time

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