According to a recent Harvard study, getting sick in the United States is going to cost you. And it could cost you so much that you might just go bankrupt.
"Unless you're Bill Gates, you're just one serious illness away from bankruptcy," said Dr. David Himmelstein, an associate professor of Medicine at Harvard.
And, if you're without health insurance at all, and you have to go to the hospital for near-death symptoms (2 weeks of fever, constant vomiting, and complete inability to get out of bed), you'll learn from med students in the ER that you may have a rare pulmonary disease instead of just a really bad flu, and you MUST have a CAT SCAN and MANY X-Rays. You'll tell the med students that you don't have health insurance, and you'll beg them not to do any tests that aren't absolutely VITAL. They'll do all of them anyway. You'll get a bill a week later, when you're just beginning to be able to walk down the stairs to the outdoors again, having lost over 25 pounds, and you'll receive a bill for over $6,000.