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Covid-19 should wake us up to our broken healthcare system

Why my recent (relatively meager) $517 medical bill worries me

At 9pm on New Year’s Eve last year, our 4-year-old fell and split his head open right beneath his eyebrow. The split was just barely big enough to require medical attention, so we drove to an urgent care — the only one still open at 9pm on New Year’s Eve — and got it glued shut by a doctor. It took the doctor less than 10 minutes, and we were on our way.

The United States spends roughly the same as other countries when it comes to public spending *and* way more when it comes to private spending. Source