Americans Respond To ‘What’s The Most Absurd Medical Bill You Have Ever Received?’ | 22 Words

Medical bills are the bane of everyone's existence.

As the economy continues to plummet into the ground, it's dragging our medical system with it. Everyone deserves to be healthy, but when people are neck-deep in debt just because they sat in an ambulance, it's no wonder that people are finding alternative methods to deal with an emergency. Some have gone as far as treating themselves just because they can't risk another unreasonable expense slapped onto their tab.

Recently, Bernie Sanders tweeted this question: "What’s the most absurd medical bill you have ever received?"

Here are some of the responses. Warning: this article will contain some heartbreaking content, but this is the harsh reality of the system...

1. "She died thirty minutes after birth..."

There's a lump in my throat reading some of these stories.

2. "A diving accident."

1.2 million dollars? Someone, please enlighten me as to how a normal twenty-three-year-old is supposed to pay over a million dollars?

3. "9,000 dollars an hour."

This is what I meant when I said that people were taking matters into their own hands just so they could avoid expensive bills.

4. "I was declared okay..."

But still charged twelve thousand dollars in medical bills!

5. "Total: 103, 569.45."

What could possibly cost that much in a hospital? Let me know.

6. "Where to even start..."

I really can't believe she was forced to pay 500 dollars just to confirm the fact that her baby had, in fact, died. Wow.

7. "...the doctors not knowing what was causing the pain."

Yet they sent him home with painkillers and slapped a sixteen thousand dollar bill on it. Fun fact: America charges double for medical bills compared to any other developed country.

8. "They gave me eggs... which I was allergic to."

A grand an hour? No thank you. I'll just grab a bunch of anti-histamines and sort myself out.

9. "I should have been grieving..."

So, let me get this straight. This woman just lost a baby, was on the brink of death herself, but instead of being able to heal, she was too busy fretting about the medical bill? Wow.

10. "My abuser set my house on fire..."

This country seems to care less about its victims than it does about the oppressors.

11. "That's more than what we paid for our house..."

Let me know, who has 480,000 dollars just lying around?

12. "Everyone deserves the opportunity..."

Addiction is a tricky one, because some people would say that you got yourself into the mess so you must get yourself out, even if that means paying so much for additional treatment. But personally, I think if you have to pay an arm and a leg for treatment, then you're more likely to avoid it.

13. "1,400 dollars for a band-aid..."

I would have just gone down to Target and grabbed myself a box. I would have saved myself 1,395 dollars. Bloody hell.

14. "Obamacare, thank God!"

Put your personal opinion of Obama to the side and understand that Obamacare was the best thing that ever happened to this country.

15. "...'have a nice day.'"

How did the appointment last a whole three seconds and still be worth twelve thousand dollars?!

16. "...die a needless death."

There's a massive difference between 1,500 and 350,000 dollars.

17. "Chemotherapy bills."

Imagine not being able to attend an appointment just because you couldn't afford to? So what are you supposed to do? Just sit at home with cancer?

18. "Every bill is a reminder of losing my baby girl..."

My heart aches for these mothers.

19. "Are you gonna kill yourself?"

The only thing that probably did for her mental health is make it worse.

20. "He choked, became unconscious, and died."

Her child, who was six months old, died in her arms.

21. "They fought over my unresponsive body..."

Yet, in the end, they both ended up sending her separate medical bills.

22. "Yeah, your nose is broken."

I bet she could have told herself that.

23. "What should I do?"

The best advice someone could give is: "Just try and pay ten dollars a month."

24. "2 million dollars..."

The saddest thing about this scenario is that if he/she was married, their spouse was inherit the bill.

25. "An 'excellent' insurance."

Paying ten thousand dollars is still a hefty amount!

26. "Out of network anesthesia."

This seemed to be the case with a lot of patients that also commented under the post.

27. "I'm terrified..."

Imagine spending 5 thousand a year on a non-emergency? A real emergency would be double or even triple that!

28. "A long visit..."

Even the lowest payments in this list are still unnecessary.

29. "I could name more than one..."

Reading this one really broke my heart. Imagine being so much debt that you have to file for bankruptcy?

30. "Can't pick..."

Our country needs to do something about this. With the introduction of a proper re-boot, we can have a more affordable medical system put in place. Everyone deserves the right to be healthy.