Published On: Tue, Mar 25th, 2014

An American Posted His Hospital Bill Online, See Why Everyone’s Talking About It

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A 20 year-old man came down with appendicitis in October of this year. He posted the bill on Social Networks  and it has gone viral. The US Health Care system is a topic of much debate, not only in the US but around the world.

A lot of countries get ‘free’ health care, so needless to say, this has stirred up a lot of conversation.

As if waking up in excruciating pain isn’t enough, this is the bill he received in the mail a couple months later. Take a look:

The original cost was over $55,000. Because the 20 year-old man was on his father’s insurance, the cost was lowered to $11,000.


Sutter Health Hospital Bill (Sacramento CA)

Which is still an obscenely high bill to pay for such a young man. He was in the Recovery Room for 2 hours and it cost him $7,500.

Summary of Services

Summary of Services

The actual surgery cost $16,000.

Summary of Services

Summary of Services

This bill caused quite an uproar. A lot of citizens of other countries chimed in with their own experiences.


An Australian with appendicitis never even saw a bill.


A Canadian’s mother had foot surgery and her only charge was $60…for cable.


A Malaysian paid the equivalent of $25 for an appendectomy.


And then other Americans gave their two cents (or hundreds of thousands of dollars):

American got cancer and had to file for bankruptcy. At age 24.


His cousin died because he had reached his “lifetime limit” for treatment. He was 27.


Unbelievable! $2000 for a night’s stay, a juice box and a pill.


At The Yucatan Times we don’t take political sides in any way, but it’s hard to deny that these costs are absurd. No matter how people think this should be fixed, fact is, we can all agree that it needs to be fixed.

What’s your opinion? Share this guy’s hospital bill with other expats and let us know what you think. Please leave your comments below.

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