The United States Health Care System Is Broken

People living outside the US gasped, cried and recoiled in shock as the American healthcare system was explained to them in a video by The New York Times. The United States is one of the only modern, industrialised countries without universal healthcare. As the New York Times explained, this has left Americans with the highest medical costs of any comparable country, but the lowest life expectancies. The new video, which has been viewed over 27,000 times, explains the American system to a group of citizens of other countries, starting with how to choose a health insurance plan. The video shows the participants four different plans to choose from, each with a different premium, co-pay, deductible and out-of-pocket maximum. In one story, a man with diabetes lost his health coverage under his mother’s plan when he turned 26, when he tried to buy a month’s worth of insulin without insurance, the cost came out to $1,300. Unable to afford it, he soon died. Watch the full video above to learn more.


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