Does the title of this post at Vox bother you as much as it does me?
If John McCain were uninsured, his surgery could have cost $76,000
Why does it bother me? Because unless they’re alleging that Sen. McCain would have received more care if he were not insured which I emphatically do not believe was the claim, whether he was insured or not has no bearing on the cost of his treatment. It could possibly have influenced the price and it almost undeniably has an effect on out of pocket.
By the way comparing out-of-pocket spending in various OECD countries is highly informative. Here’s a selection, via the World Bank:
|Country||% Out of Pocket|
You read right. Americans pay less out of pocket for health care as a percentage of spending than the people of any other OECD country. There are some who interpret as meaning that Americans should pay more for their health care rather than less. I interpret it as meaning that prices should be lower.
I guess it means you should specify what you mean if you say that you think that our health care system should be more like Germany’s.