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    How much does your doctor charge per visit?

    I am asking this on a rather serious note.

    How much does a doctor in your area charges you for seeing you? Does the doctor charge on per visit or per hour basis?

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    We have national health scheme in the UK which is free up to a point. If you want to jump the queue and go private; an initial consultation or visit is between £75-100. I am not aware of any doctors that charge by the hour but could be wrong.
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    We have national health care as well so our per visit cost is zero (although we pay higher taxes so we do pay indirectly).

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    In Peru if you want to go the almost-free route, you go to the state hospital's emergency room and wait (for several hours in big cities, not so much in small towns) until they attend to you. You get charged a small fee (about US$2) for this consultation, and after that, things like operations and medication are not free at all. If you go private, it can cost anywhere between US$7 and US$70, just for the visit. Whether it's state or private, price and quality of medical attention are generally quite directly proportionate.

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    Since I'm a minor, and I have free health insurance, I pay nothing, however, insured adults pay 30 Croatian Kunas (about $6) per first visit of the month, and then the rest of that month they don't pay anything. We really need more radical reforms since it's costing the country too much and we're not really that rich a country.
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    Government hospital - free
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    $85 per visit here in US. Out of my pocket is $25.

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    $25 per visit is what I pay after insurance. I have no idea what the doctor charges before that.

    Dental bills are way worse. My wife and I have gone through $2000+ just this year on dental work. And that's AFTER insurance

    On the plus side, $4 for 30 vicodins, way better than street prices

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    For those of us that have no insurance it's $75 - $100 per visit. You see in the US people that DON'T have insurance actually pay more than the insurance companies would pay ... nice idea huh?

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    My consultations are free also

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    Its for free in Holland as well, so I have no idea how much a visit to the doctor would cost.
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    Quote Originally Posted by all4nerds View Post
    Free ? I don't think so , I pay 127,20 Euro per month for a basic health insurance
    Is that just for you alone? Because I pay about double that for my wife and I in the states ($150 every two weeks covers both of us). Doesn't seem so bad now

    Dental is about $30/month and vision is about $10/month.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dc dalton View Post
    You see in the US people that DON'T have insurance actually pay more than the insurance companies would pay ... nice idea huh?
    The joy of bulk purchasing driving down prices...

    Works even in the service industry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by all4nerds View Post
    PS the minimum basic health insurance costs in the Netherlands are app 98 Euro per month (mandatory !, or health scheme ? Brits and Canadians call it ), the minimum amount you need if you end up in hospital without insurance would probably also be 98 Euro but then PER DAY, there are estimates that 250.000 or more people are not insured in the Netherlands
    That number's closer to 50 million uninsured in the US (which is about 1 in 6 people). Not to get too political but
    Quote Originally Posted by all4nerds
    Without insurance ? is that not a bit Heavy ? with insurance you still have to pay 25 USD per visit ?
    Yeah, it's called a co-payment. However, the actual amount of the co-payment will vary depending on the insurance company you have. It's usually anywhere from $5-50 depending on the company and the type of visit.

    Basically I consider health insurance to be a necessary scam

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    Free in the UK

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    Quote Originally Posted by all4nerds View Post
    Hello

    Free ? , You don't get a visit from the Tax man ?

    Yes we had the same system ? a few years ago , costs were hidden in your income Tax , low income low costs , high income high costs, no income no costs
    Nope, all free, & free medication too

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    Quote Originally Posted by all4nerds View Post
    Hello

    Free ? I don't think so , I pay 127,20 Euro per month for a basic health insurance
    so if you need something extra, the hole in your wallet quickly gets frightening deep

    PS a House ? Doctors consult ( 10 minutes ) costs about 25 Euro in the Netherlands ( 150 Euro ! per hour, but is free when you are insured )
    Yeah, your right. It looks like I have been out of Holland to long, for some reason I was sure it was for free. But yeah, I did always payed a smiliar amount each month.

    Talking about doctor bills, I saw SiCKO yesterday in the cinema. Some of the things that happend there where really shocking and amazing at the same time. I honestly had no idea that the French and British had such a special healthcare system.
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    Being Canadian, I pay nothing for health care.

    And when I say nothing, I mean my nose bleeds when I do my taxes.
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    Much of the information in Sicko is presented out of context and biased, to say the least. I pay $155/month and pay nothing for medical care after a $2500 deductible was met, and I have an HSA account which adds a nice tax deduction to the mix.
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    Sicko also supposedly glorified the Canadian health care system, which does have a particular set of problems.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sagewing View Post
    Much of the information in Sicko is presented out of context and biased, to say the least.
    I don't think anyone goes to a Moore film expecting pure unbiased commentary

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    Oh yea? You haven't been to San Francisco lately! They show Michael Moore films in schools (well, in Palo Alto they do) as part of the curriculum. You'd be surprised how many people believe his 'fact's, especially overseas.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sagewing
    Oh yea? You haven't been to San Francisco lately! They show Michael Moore films in schools (well, in Palo Alto they do) as part of the curriculum. You'd be surprised how many people believe his 'fact's, especially overseas.
    Really. I thought Moore was one of those Americans who could call a spade a spade.

    It turns out that health care is a heavy affair, world wide. We don't have a health insurance, and it really burns a pretty deep hole in your wallet when you end up in a hospital.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sagewing View Post
    Oh yea? You haven't been to San Francisco lately!
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    Quote Originally Posted by NashTax View Post
    Nope, all free, & free medication too
    Whereabouts are you in the UK. I know Wales has introduced free prescriptions, but elsewhere you have too pay for medications unless you are in full time education, unemployed or on the Social Security. The NHS is in a state of collapse so realistically there is little alternative to private medical insurance.
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